I saw this photo on Facebook, it’s originally from 9Gag, and i just want to comment on this.
These ‘things’ in the “ART,now” have actually started way back during the early 20th (1900s) century. They’re called dada art (dada art is an avant-garde movement focusing on politics and social commentary and the rejection of the cliche context of ‘art’).
The ‘ART, then’ gave Delacriox’s magnum opus, Liberty Leading The People (19th century Romanticism) and two Greco-Roman sculpture (probably built during the 15thc - 18c) which shows intricate detailing, realistic perspective, and such.
These two are from very, very, very different art movements and art eras. ‘Art’, whether we like it or not, grows with time and the way of expressing it changes eventually. I’m not a fan of the minimal plastic arts, but just because a certain object doesn’t show painstaking detail, anatomical reference, majestic perspective, etc., doesn’t mean it isn’t art.