I ran across this article in the New York Times, about the evolution of art.
It postulates that all art harkens back to the mother/child relationship. I am not totally convinced, but it is an interesting idea.
The idea that art was not designed to be the exclusive property of an elite, but rather a way to bring people together, seems directly counter to the prevailing world of visual art, which is based on exclusion. Art is a luxury item.
Artists and gallerists have the need to educate people about art in order to make them customers.
Maybe that is not the way over the barrier, maybe that IS the barrier for most people.
I know I am overwhelmed with things I have to learn to use. There is a manual for the phone, a manual for the tv, several manuals for my computer. Only the techy geeks want to plunge through the entire manual, join online forums, go to conventions and product openings. I don't care. I just want to know which button to push so it will work.
Most people are stuffed with things they have to learn about. Buying a painting has simply become too much work for most people. Isn't it time for us to say that it is to be ok to just like the pretty colors?