not that I think there's anything wrong with negativity. quite the opposite. I want to collectively punch the faces of all the people in our culture (ie. the people behind CNN) who feel that not offending anyone ever is the greatest virtue and that partisanship and actually arguing opinions are terrible things that should be avoided. so, as paradoxical as it might sound, I think negativity is often a good thing.
art is in this instance defined as "a creation intended by its creator to be art that puts an entirely new idea/way of thinking/avenue of thought/new facet of an idea etc. into your mind", if that makes sense.
what brought this on was that I was thinking on how older, successful musicians usually cease to make interesting work, or at least make less interesting work, once they become happy and successful. By contrast, musicians who do not achieve major success ie. Michael Gira of Swans, are able to go on making interesting music into their sixties.
Also, the more difficult and alienating someone's art is to the masses, the better it is, apparently.
these are obviously generalizations, but ones that seem to me to be true for the most part.
Do you think art has to be negative? or is it possible for art to be positive? and back up your reasoning.