Citing Horkheimer, Adorno, Aristotle, and De Tocqueville, throughout the section, Lowenthal begs us to think of "the differences between popular culture and art, between spurious gratification and a genuine experience as a step to greater individual fulfillment" (9). Lowenthal clearly thinks lowly of pop culture-spawned art pieces, installations, and performances, stating that "a product of popular culture has none of the features of genuine art"(14). He even goes so far as to declare artistic products that have been "replaced by the phenomena of popular culture, [...] nothing but a manipulated reproduction of reality as it is" (7). Ouch.
Personally, I abide by the saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." While a census of the general public might not akin a piece of Banksy's (street) art to a piece of Michelangelo's (ceiling) art, the meaning, message, importance, and beauty that one gleans from any given piece is deeply personal and, I believe, should not be dictated by anyone but yourself.
What do you think about the relationship between popular culture and art? Are there any modern, pop culture-driven artists you find just as inspiring and imaginative as the historical greats?