It is, according to David Hockney, a well known British artist who is IMHO a bit of a blowhard. iPod, music endangring contemporary art (clicky) The reason, IMHO, is that contemporary art doesn't make as much of an impact as art did in the days of yore is that, by and large, it pales in comparison to that of past ages. Try this: Google Hockney, look at his paintings. See the quality of his work. Then Google any of the old masters... say Frans Hals for example, but you could Google Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Judith Leyster, Willem van de Velde (the older or younger, your choice)... and I am just picking 1600's dutch artists, you could also do the french, italians, etc... and compare the quality of their work to the stuff that 21st century painters are putting out... THEN you will see why there is a lack of interest in contemporary art. Or compare the quality of modern paintings to the impressionists of the turn of the last century. Again, this is simply my opinion, but it is pretty obvious to me where the problem is. Although mentioning Judith Leyster makes me kind of sad... she was a BRILLIANT painter, who gave up her career entirely to raise a family. Such a waste, such a great loss that she didn't continue to paint later in life.