I have been thinking lately about the role of art in the ever changing fabric of social life. It seems to me that a painter or a sculptor were more prominent and socially significant in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries than they are today. There can be several reasons for this: the competition from other media, particularly cinema, TV, radio. I think sports also rose as very important part of mass entertainment and public life.Sports seem to command more passion than art does.
There are only 24 hours in a day and these days people simply do not have enough time to go to a museum or a gallery, anymore than they have time to read a book.
The internet is a wonderful means for proliferation of information about and dissemination of classical art but most people go into the cyber space for different reasons.There is just so much to do these days in the real world and cyber space, may be people need art less and less?
Besides, within the realm of creative expression itself the older forms are giving way to pop music and photoshop. High culture seem to being squeezed by popular culture, especially its newer forms, like computer games.
So what is in store for the old-fashioned painter, like myself, in the future? Will my likes be gradually marginalized? Is there a limit to the marginalization? Or may be I am too pessimistic and misinterpret reality?
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