There is a lively discussion about art on linkedin. I agree with some of the arguments while others do not appeal to me.
There are suggestions that there is nothing wrong with modern art being understood by only a few people who have taken the trouble to study the subject. My personal opinion always was that the visual arts offered a means of communication which no other medium can achieve. To me the words of wisdom still hold true which say “A picture paints a thousand words”.
The visual arts offer a universal language which does not need translating. A painting can tell a story as can be seen in the religious paintings of past centuries or a painting can depict a beautiful scene which the artist wanted to capture for the world to see. The best photographers are admired as they waited for the right moment to release the shutter of their cameras to tell a story. Even abstract art can be beautiful in its harmony of colours and shapes.
However, to me art which relies on the chance application of paint by issuing a monkey with a brush or spreading a naked body over a canvas only shows that the “artist” has found a way of having us on. Art should be based on skill and hard work.
Will future generations still admire the creations of our times? I have my doubts.