11/01/2012 12:13 pm ET Updated Jan 01, 2013

Pop Music's Love Affair With Contemporary Art

For too long there has been a large divide (whether real or imagined) between visual art and music. After all, what we've come to call art most likely formed out of traditional ceremonies in which music, dance, shrines, costumes, and ritual objects all work together. For whatever reason, visual arts became largely separated from music, except for costume and stage design for musical performances. Recently, however, I've noticed popular musicians embracing the visual arts once again. Like many old boundaries that have been collapsing, today's musicians and artists often work with or reference one another in an increasingly direct way.