This comment was by Anthony Zarat on the post The Art of Being a Hero by Paul Leroux
“Marcel essentially argues that market forces militate against the expression of genius.”
How does your friend explain the lack of moral courage in modern art? Does your friend agree that art was instrumental in leading the way out of the dark ages? If so, how does your friend explain the multi-dimensional depth of Renaissance art? Why were Renaissance artists unafraid to build convention shattering truths into art that superficially adhered to the trivial and/or vain directives of powerful patrons? In contrast, why has modern art become thin, uni-dimensional, and lacking in courage?
Why have artists abandoned their duty to say the un-sayable? This has nothing to do with market forces. It has to do with the decline in moral courage. We have all become cowards, and artists have led the way.