Survival trumps aesthetics. With seven billion souls on the planet, all resources will be exploited. Free enterprise has performed marvelously in its basic function of advancing efficiency, productivity and technology, but there are limits on its ability to increase the rate of economic production. Infinity does not exist in this world, and infinite wealth is what we are asking of it. Nothing can deliver that. Like other animals, the human one breeds to just beyond the boundary of the resources available to support its population, and so the pressure to maintain economic growth in order to avoid death is ever present. As economic growth becomes more difficult to achieve all formerly discretionary usages of resources are drawn into the mill in a collective desperation driven by the survival instinct.
From the point of view of concrete survival, art, which creates and exposes beauty, is among those optional activities. Artists are becoming superfluous to economics. As the pressures to exploit all resources to expand the economy so that the expanding human population can survive continue to grow, beauty will correspondingly grow less important to society as a whole. Appreciation and pursuit of it will become less collective and more individualistic. Artists will become increasingly devalued by society as a whole and will have to find courage and dedication within themselves in order to do their work.