Art seems to matter, and it doesn't matter. It is, in general, scorned by many who don't do it as a trivial pursuit, one with no function other than to satisfy eyes, and a waste of money when it comes to government spending and priorities. F-22 fighter jets are held in much higher regard. It does, though, bring pleasure even to those who aren't supporters of art, and there may be no households in the world that contain no art at all. i've long believed that art was one of the first means of communication for this species, and continues to communicate ideas that fail words. But it may be that art has a more fundamental role in our species, one necessary to our survival. That is the premise behind the book "The Art Instinct" by Denis Dutton, which i highly recommend.