RE: Vatican Searching for Next Raphael. Or Roy Lichtenstein?
I wonder if the training of today's artists is not embroiled with assumptions that distract from the real task of the artist (a la JPII's Letter to Artists). Particularly, I think this exaltation of the "shock of the new" (i.e. the elevation of novelty to the status of beauty) is at odds with the most basic of Christian anthropological principles: that we are uniquely made in the image and likeness of God. In other words the artist doesn't need to spend his energy trying to out-innovate his peers or be "original" (as he is taught in art school) because he himself is unique and unrepeatable.