Art & Fear

… if the artist stands as an endangered species in the face of contemporary economics and marketing, we are face with a perplexing question: why does the myth of the individual artist—the loner following his own heart—arise so predictably with each new generation? One possible answer is suggested by looking at the things that have made art worth doing in the past. Work that was driven by issues arising from the relationship between the artist and the work, or the artist and the materials, or the artist and the subject matter, rings true. Such work, regardless of whether it fits with then contemporary attitudes, seems to continue to make sense over time. p. 76