"Necessary" Art

While in full agreemeng with the "necessary" aspect of bringing new and socially relevant voices to the forefront of art, I continue to hold strong to my belief that art can not be simply "necessary" as a tool for social redemption. Yet, the following article gave me some new food for thought.

A turn toward socially conscious criticism, ushered in by the internet’s amplification of previously ignored perspectives, has meant that culture now tends to be evaluated as much for its politics as for its aesthetic successes (or failures). Certain works — usually those that highlight the experiences of marginalized groups, or express some message or moral about the dangers of prejudice — have been elevated in stature. It’s an overdue correction that brings with it an imposition: No longer just illuminating, instructive, provocative or a way to waste a few hours on a Saturday, these works have become “necessary.”