I wrote a post in 2011 called “Artists in Dark Times“. Now, in this new era of irrational grudge conservatism, it seems it is time to add another update.
I’ve seen motivational memes floating around that highlight the importance of the arts during times like these. What I want to point out right now is how, perhaps, the direction of contemporary art might change during the next four years.
It’s no secret many view the current international art scene as somewhat decorative, vapid objects couched in high production values. This shortens the distances between the art and clients with more money than sophistication. I happen to largely agree with this view but I don’t see the high end art market as ever really being separate from deep and powerful conservatism in general.
However, the stream of art history is parallel but often different to the market, winding its way through and around such giant presences in it’s path. That is where we will see a documented rise of pointed political art that is media based. We will also see large, immovable art projects that act as emotional counterpoint to the erasure of applied environmental and social values in the US during the next four years. These solid works survive via their strength of media repliciability.
Watch what art and artists this Trump regime surrounds themselves with. Take note. This is the dark, soulless gold field of the art world. It is the also the greatest achievement for a subtle critical work to slip its way into it.