I don’t want to suggest that there is nothing left to experience before original works of art except a certain sense of awe, because they have survived, because they are genuine, because they are absurdly valuable. A lot more is possible, but only if art is stripped of the false mystery and the false religiosity that surrounds it. This religiosity, usually linked with cash value but always invoked in the name of culture and civilization, is in fact a substitute for what paintings lost when cameras made them reproducible.
-John Berger, in Ways of Seeing, announces the essential equivocation for being able to appreciate art in the 20th-century and beyond. Anti-Marxist art-lovers, beware!