Visual art is a leading indicator of the way in which society is moving, and one of the most obvious and visible signs that sanity has lost its way. Blank white canvases; photographs of men having sex with each other; paint haphazardly thrown onto a canvas and called art – these are representative of “modern art.”
One of the greatest frauds of modern times is the idea that art should be difficult to understand, and that a sign of sophistication and intelligence is understanding what is incomprehensible to the uninitiated. The result is a farce: Those who wish to appear sophisticated pretend to see meaning where there is none.
Art has a definite purpose: to show what people can and should be. The best art – whether literature, visual, or music – inspires us to be our best. Art is a way of integrating our values; saying in one picture what, as the saying goes, it would take 1,000 words to explain.
In this sense, the best art affects us in an immediate and emotionally captivating way. Great art reaffirms our most important values; mediocre art confuses; bad art degrades us. The best art lifts us up; the worst art shows contempt for the idea that there is any “up.”
Find art that inspires you to be your best self.