Art and Mass Thinking
I think that art is closely tied to harsh circumstances - I feel that the best art has always come in times of global unrest and pain - when there has been some common factor affecting large masses of people. And I think that this pain/unrest/suffering is reflective in the works of art of the time. And the collective mindset helps both, the artist as well as the masses to connect better with the art itself.
Some of the examples I can think of are
- The 60's and 70's which saw some of the best music to ever come out.
- The works during the French revolution.
- Recent works of art after 9/11.