I mean when Pope Benedict asked Giotto for a drawing to prove his worth as an artist, what he did was draw a perfect circle freehand. Perfection is a powerful message.
I stumbled upon the video “Why is Modern Art so Bad?” by PragerU(niversity, a conservative organization). It is well worth watching.
Personally, I think he does have some good points. Art does have a function (other than ego-stroking and money making), and art which fails this function is not art. And it’s incredibly arrogant to claim to address all people with ones’ art, and then hold the audience responsible for their lack of understanding. (If you want to make art for a small circle of ‘elites’ that’s fine, just expect society to pay for or think highly of it.) On the other hand, modern art can be made accessible, if it does have a point. I’m thinking of MoMA’s “I see” here.
But in any case, the connection to the audience has to be made. And yeah, art requires skills and discipline.