I probably could not have told you why I find certain types of art ugly or pointless, although some stuff that passes for "Art" these days is really nothing but grotesquery. It's ugly and vulgar. Most of us can agree on that. I also could not have expressed why I find certain types of architecture ugly, and other types, which may be fairly plain and simple, attractive.
My soul craves beauty, however. When I see a colorful dawn or sunset, I am readily reminded of the Creator and his majesty. A peaceful landscape does the same thing. I am reminded of my Lord, and my heart sighs with peace and joy. And gratitude.
Going to a museum these days can be a bit of a gamble as there are exhibits of more traditional are that are exceptional and others that are....not. We can wander from painting to painting, or sculpture to sculpture, admiring the beauty of brushstrokes and colors, or the incredible way that a chunk of marble becomes the glistening form of a person. Other galleries simply make us wonder how someone came up with the idea of doing whatever they did. Maybe there are interesting colors and textures in some modern art, but that's not the same as true beauty. Those galleries may be merely puzzling while others are the ones you rush through because there is nothing mesmerizing, nothing that links you to the eternal.
One interesting part of the documentary is his discussion of love and lust. Love is beautiful, but lust is ugly. Over the years I have found myself explaining to one child after another that pictures or statues of naked people are not (necessarily) shameful. They learn from an early age that nakedness is wrong (maybe some of that is my attempts at teaching modesty, and much is from our culture), and I must explain that the human form is one of God's greatest, most beautiful creations, and that to admire that beauty is acceptable if we look at it that way. It's all in how you look at a thing.
When I take the time to stop dwelling on the busy-ness of life long enough to look around me and see the beauty in people or things, I can't help but see God. I appreciate his greatness. True artists are blessed to be able to share in His creative gifts.
I have to ask why there is so little attempt to make the worship of the God who gave us so much beauty reflect Him? Why is the (Novus Ordo) Mass so often just an attempt at feel-good brotherly love rather than music and actions that truly lift our souls to God? That would truly change our culture---to have a Mass whose beauty transcends space and time and transports us to heaven. In turn, we would carry that with us throughout the week (if we weren't compelled to return for a taste daily!), touching the lives of everyone we meet.