Since traditional popular art is supposed to be a less refined version of serious art, and serious art is supposed to be sacred art, then you can see how transvalued art has become in the modern world. Popular art today does retain its less refined version of serious art but serious art today is thoroughly decadent.
I tuned in the Larry King interview last night out of curiosity about the latest popular art sensation, Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga is in fact a very good spokesman for complete decadence. She could be a design genius, she was honest, courageous and very creative. Her worldview is a decadent affirmation of gays, hedonism and hatred of tradition.
When popular artistic genius is attached to decadence it can have a very corrupting influence on the very impressionable young, and Lady Gaga is a talented champion of all things degenerate—perhaps more talented than Madonna. Oddly, genius does happen in modern art. I don't know how many times I have reviewed an art piece, film or book and defined the artist as a highly talented but promoting degeneration.
It is the background financial producers of corrupt art who should be held responsible. The idea seems to be to produce works that, one, make money, and two, destroy tradition. The question is, can these dangerous producers be stopped?
Successful human survival, reproduction and evolution does not rise out of degenerate modern art and culture, but it also does not rise out of truncated theology, which trashes the foundations of healthy, evolving material life. Theology needs to come out of its Inward Path obsession with the God Within and affirm the Outward Path of evolution to Godhood. We need the Twofold Path of the Evolutionary Christian Church.
Religion can have a deep enough power to change the political and cultural vacuum and thereby change the modern art world. But we also need traditional artistic genius to counter decadent artistic genius.