Toby wrote:I'm a traditionalist when it comes to art. There's a lot of modern stuff I admire, but I rarely find it touches anything approaching something about the soul.
I would disagree, of course. I think that with the shift to modernism a lot of artists found a much broader palette to best reach what they wanted to convey, in a manner that is entirely personal. The artists I listed, for one, I would say are soulful, and many deal either with very personal experiences or with wholly spiritual themes and ambitions. For the former, see Shahzia Sikander for example, dealing with her exile from Pakistan and her experiences in her native country all through an artstyle that heavily borrows from its traditions and those of its neighbouring and conflicting regions; for the latter, Chul Hyun Ahn's work for example deals with zen beliefs and philosophy, and seeks in the confronted reflection of its figures in the mirrors an effect of eternal repetition and extensions that are seemingly infinite even within a confined space. I do think modern art has given a place for a lot of charlatans too, but part of the purpose to us sharing the things we like is to separate the wheat from the chaff.
And Caravaggio is of course an absolute monster.