Art is a mystery. It's the investigation of that mystery and its attendant journey where art is created and insight into its meaning is discovered.
What is art? Why is it valued and who gets to decide what is and isn't "important"? These are the questions diligent seekers ask. History provides some clues, but who controls "history" and to what end?
It's my theory that art is less mysterious than believed. That the force we call art is creative energy passing through individuals, networks and associations. Artists' communities and neighborhoods are the frameworks of this circuitry. By understanding the placement of these creative components and their geographical relationships to each other, one can begin to recognize how the energy flows through these channels. By exposing this history, one helps understand the mystery.