The Easel

How Art Became Irrelevant

Michael Lind’s provocative essay Why Do Intelligent People No Longer Care About Art? was widely read but a concurrent piece by Michael Lewis makes a similar point even more precisely. ”The fine arts and performing arts have ceased to matter in Western culture, and they no longer shape in meaningful ways our image of ourselves. This collapse in the prestige and consequence of art is the central cultural phenomenon of our day.”