Firstly, here’s a very good piece explaining the Migration Crisis that Donald Trump is going to solve by shipping 11 million Mexican immigrants home.
As to why art is dead there are so many reasons it would take too much writing to go through it all. Being aware of the Twitter-attention spans of readers (that being one of the reasons art is dead). I’ll just take the primary one. John Wight’s piece on learning from Ancient Rome prompted it.
When societies or civilizations or empires enter the period of decline they move ineluctably toward decadence, after which there’s dissolution. Artists are powerless to speak to this decline as the society has no use for artists whatsoever other than to entertain and decorate. The former provide the bread and circuses, the latter make/design the cool threads, jewelry, housewares and wall hangings, etc.
Artists wanting to maintain the ideals or standards or moral cohesion of the classical periods are naturally viewed as totally out of step and ludicrously retrograde. That art is no longer relevant as society has moved on to more advanced forms of art.
Celebrity artists become all the rage. Hence Nero and his fiddle. Nero wanted to be in on the action as well. Who wants to be an Emperor when they can be a performing artist? In America who wants to be a Hollywood Actor when they can be Governor of California or President of the USA…. The crowd sure prefers the actors to real politicians. Who wouldn’t in a period of decadence where the rich are crushing their servants keeping them in the clover by crushing them under immense tax burdens? We’re now seeing if they’ll go for a Reality TV star and billionaire with hair that rivals Kim Jong Il’s for eye-catching.
Yeah… that’s about it for this post… Hope I kept it short enough,,, oh yea… gotta have the picture since this is an art blog….