What To Do About the Arts
Arts that lack a particular distinction or nobility of style are often said to be styleless, and the culture is judged to be weak or decadent.
“Art for everyone”: anyone regarding that as possible is unaware how “everyone” is constituted and how art is constituted. So here, in the end, art and success will yet again have to part company.
Nobody with a serious or even a mild interest in the arts likes to think he has lived his mature life through a bad or even mediocre period of artistic creation. Yet a strong argument can be made that ours has been an especially bleak time for the arts.
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Joseph Epstein is a regular contributor to COMMENTARY.