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How does materialism effect art?

Lady Gaga replicates Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David
Lady Gaga replicates The  Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David

In reference to my previous post on materialism in the 21st century. I have a follow-up question. What about art?

I consider myself to be a spiritual artist, which is becoming more and more of an oxymoron it seems.  From its inception, art was a highly spiritualized tool. Cave paintings were used to show the intricate relationship between man, nature and the heavens. Greek and Roman art from antiquity dealt mostly with reverence to their gods.  And more recently artists like Caspar David Friedrich used art as means of expressing their experience of the divine. (For Friedrich, it was through nature that man experienced divine, and this formed the main pillar of his works. FYI He undoubtedly is one of my favorite painters.) Friedrich is just an example, there are countless more artists  that communicate the experience of the divine through their work. But it seems to be happening less and less. In the world of contemporary art, spirituality seems to have very little relevance.

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A Brief History of Your Life – Eckhart Tolle

eckhart tolle quote life death

Out of nowhere, so to speak, “you” suddenly appear in this world. Birth is followed by expansion. There is not only physical growth, but also growth of knowledge, activities, possessions, experiences. Your sphere of influence expands and life becomes increasingly complex. This is the time when you’re primarily concerned with finding or pursuing your outer purpose. Usually there’s also a corresponding growth of the ego, which is identification with all the above things, and so your form identity becomes more and more defined. This is also the time when outer purpose – growth – tends to become usurped by the ego, which unlike nature does not know when to stop it’s pursuit of expansion and has a voracious appetite for more. Continue reading A Brief History of Your Life – Eckhart Tolle