From Arnold Hauser

“High, serious, uncompromising art has a disturbing effect, often distressing and torturing; popular art, on the other hand, wants to soothe, distract us from the painful problems of existence, and instead of inspiring us to activity and exertion, criticism and self-examination, moves us on the contrary to passivity and self-satisfaction… The chances of success of important works are lessened by the fact that the new, the unusual, and the difficult have of themselves a disturbing effect upon an uneducated and not especially artistically experienced audience and move them to take up a negative position.”

–Arnold Hauser, The Sociology of Art (1983)
thanks to KP for sharing

Author: Robert Bettmann

Founder of Day Eight, and the DC Arts Writing Fellowship.