Gallery of Hope
Cheerful, pleasant and pretty art. Firstly, pretty pictures are alleged to feed sentimentality. Sentimentality is a symptom of insufficient engagement with problems. Secondly, there is the related fear that prettiness will numb us and leave us insufficiently critical and alert to the injustices surrounding us.
If the world was a kinder place, perhaps we would be less impressed by pretty works of art. One of the strangest features of experiencing art is its power to move us to tears..