Re: The Role of the Artist
I greatly appreciate and respect abstract art if the artist can draw *first.*
*Seeing* is the foudation of all (but especially) fine art. Once an artist understands how to see, he/she can translate that onto paper and from there can paint, sculpt ect.
I find it disrespectful to art in general when someone decides that they are going to become a painter/sculptor without learning the fundamentals of drawing. It belittles what we do.
As for the role of art and it's societal significance; I think that that is not something for an artist to be concerned with whatsoever.
Popular culture and people are inherently fickle. But if we do quality work, it will stand the test of time.