Originally posted by @daniela455
I was recently in college and I heard a group of girls say that, in our current society, even the desire to create and see art has been lost. Personally, recently I was in an exhibition of Gabino Amaya Cacho. He is a great painter and artist, in spite of everything, the gallery was full. What do you think?
Abstract paisley art. Nice but not my cup of tea. But there is more than one art, like mine, music. I don't think the arts are in any danger of dying, any of them, painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater, they all seem to be thriving as far as I can see.
Like my friend George Winston, he single handedly brought the solo piano to the world of folk and jazz piano.
He started a whole new genre of piano leading to a large number of similar kind of 'new age' pianists like Yanni, Liz Story, David Lanz, John Tesh, William Ackerman and the like.
We were best buddies back when we lived in Venice Beach, I had an Irish band and he was just starting out.
It was funny, I took my family to Scottsdale Arizona and George was almost unknown but his first record was bought by Windom hill in a re-release of his first record put out on John Fahey's label, 'Ballad and blues for solo piano' (Takoma Records). The time was right, this time that record went platinum.
I first heard this in Scottsdale in an elevator! We are going WTF? Not knowing he had made it big time
It only takes someone like that to fire up an entire art, bringing it out to the world and inspiring countless other artists to take it up.
In George's case, you can find countless youtube video's showing how he played Pachabel and Charlie Brown and the works of Vince Guaraldi, a genius composer and George's own compositions.
Look at Andre Segovia, who started a whole school of classical guitar. If it wasn't for Segovia, classical guitar would still be in the 19th century, used for obscure pieces by such genius as Fernando Sor and such, great works brought to the forefront by Segovia in early 20th century.
I talk about music because that is about the only art I know how to do. My wife is much better at other arts BESIDES music. I have trouble drawing a straight line with a ruler and am totally blind when it comes to what color goes with what, not color blind but just total dufus about color
The arts are deeply embedded into our psyche and will never die.
Remember, there was cave art 50,000 years ago and 40,000 year old flutes found.
Humans danced around the campfire probably 100,000 years ago.
None of that will ever disappear from human existence.
Clothing art, dance, sculpture, music, painting, writing, theater, ballet, none of those arts are in much danger but for sure interest piques when a virtuoso or master of some art comes out with world popularity.