That's why this article on painting is interesting, and actually points to some of the truth by analysing the forms of art:
".... painting is generally more engaged with (and bound by) the history and development of its own medium than are other forms of art. Even in an increasingly ahistorical environment, there is more self-reflection and more analysis of the medium itself among painters—not surprising considering the long history of painting’s pre-eminence."
Which brings us to Frank Auerbach's retrospective - at last an artist and painter who works from the real world, not the arcane spiral's of his own imagination. Frank was of course taught by one the the UK's major painters of the 20th century at the Borough rd school, the great David Bomberg whose life was marred and handicapped by anti-semitism. To the extent that even today he is not given the status he truly deserves both as teacher and as truly innovative painter.
Another painter recently discovered is this; Jerome Witkin who is a master in waiting. Also interesting is this man who makes spoons for a living.
This Chinese artist Lui Bolin is intriguing but one has to ask "what's he about?"
Lastly there is this news that Kickstarter is fast becoming the primary source of arts funding in the USA and surely that will move onto the UK with time. It is a truly excellent concept and idea.