Ann Hamilton is one of my favorite artists. Here she is, interviewed for The Oregonian in this article.
“[Q] Do you feel that fine art has become less important today since the distinction between high and low culture has become ever more ambiguous?
[AH] Do you think there was a time when it was more important? I think for a lot of art there’s only ever been a very small audience. I’ve always felt things have a resonance over time. Look at the whole scale of popular culture and media, and there’s so much vying for our attention. That’s what you’re really asking: What is the thing that art provides? That’s a big question.”