Uncovering the harms of commercialism, consumerism, racism and other current issues to raise awareness is a popular trend in the works of contemporary artists. According to Impressionist painter Edgar Degas, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Most artists aim to make others’ perceptions as similar to their own intentions as possible. Taking this desire further, many modern American artists focus on the radicalization of themes they portray with hopes of persuading audiences to take action or adopt certain viewpoints. Photographers and painters depict the struggles of the homeless. Sculptors attempt to symbolize their discontent with materialism. Writers compose pieces dedicated to stances on issues such as racism, physical health, domestic violence, and same-sex marriage. Lyricists struggle to discover what’s most important in life. The hipster movement is permeating throughout the country, with a value of independent arts at its core. Thus, art maintains a prominence in society.
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