"...democracies are fundamentally anti-artistic. "
|A door without a frame is not unlike a question without a desire to know.|
Democracy rejects this sublima priesthood on principle, and opens the arena, the galleries so that more who wish to do so may engage in the intuitive/artistic process and keep the activity alive in ways that are new and precisely relevant to the time--this is the only way that the past has any use at all, as it informs the present day activity, and allows itself to be molded to new sets of experiences. Art is about opening up perspectives, not closing them down, and that is the democratic spirit at its best.
Otherwise, the past is a rigored religion, and history is an excuse for brutal, death wish nostalgia.