Music exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), an art museum in Midtown Manhattan, New York established on November 7, 1929.
Later on, art became the spirit of the time, reflecting every major shift of perception and beliefs. Art also had a role in promoting critique and ridicule, forcing progress by distorting the ghosts of the past. Again, our logical thinking took over, and art is now largely subjugated to our consumer based economic system. Art has degenerated and cross-bred with marketing, producing something we call “trends”. Instead of trying to explore the depths of human existence, it is probing the depths of our behavior, in an attempt to guess what makes us happy and on what we are willing to spend our money.
Personal computers and high speed communication allows anyone to become an artist from the comfort of their own home. However, this new form of art that is rapidly spreading through social media is contaminated and it lacks true substance. Exploiting human emotions, our current art can be called “viral”, vivid, and obvious. It is safe to say we are no longer creating art, just content. In their generosity, our virtual worlds are currently inflated with content that aspires to be called art. Put next to all that junk, genuine contemporary art is quickly copied or distorted. Because value is now given by the ability to appeal to the masses, art has put aside all subtleties and has opened itself for the laity.