Jeffery LeMieux: [...] the real point of any art is to create and maintain a debate about
the nature of good [...]
Brian Yoder: I disagree. The real point of art is to express some idea (in a particular way). Whether that idea stimulates, creates, opposes, ignores, or closes down debate is a (far) secondary issue. I'm not saying that art can't or shouldn't contribute to moral debates. I think it's a fine thing if it does, but it isn't the "real point of all art".
I think that in denying good as the purpose and function of art, you are
trying to maintain an objective value-neutral position. I think taking a
radically objective pose by eliminating value distinctions in our viewpoint
is the road to the modernism you reject. Art exists to express a "good"
idea, at least in the view of the artist. A "this, not that" which is
justified only by a decision by the artist about the nature of good. It
is simply not possible to escape the necessity of individual value judgement
as well as the summation of that urge to value represented by the art
Likewise, it makes no sense to look at, purchase, or champion an art object
unless it represents a potentially worthwhile or "good" experience. We
adopt a value-neutral "objective" stance at our peril.