Can you believe that put that monstrosity in you parish church and called it art???
(This happens often enough that I bet most people could think that this statement refers to their situation.)
So there is art, and then there is a subcategory of art known as liturgical art. Liturgical art is used largely during the liturgy or in church buildings (or as part of church buildings) whose purpose is to lead the viewer more deeply into the truths and mysteries of the faith. It is the reason churches are called catechisms in stone. It is why the church, particularly during the counter reformation invested so heavily in the arts. There are some things that are so much easier to see and be moved by (Beauty) than it is to be taught by dissertations (Truth).
There are some pieces of art that, while they may be worthy of a museum, are not worthy of our worship spaces - and now that I think about it, there is A LOT that is not worthy of either.
Pieces of “art” that are not clear or beautiful are not (IMHO) pieces of liturgical art. Pieces that need way too much explanation, that attempts to “mean” way too many things to way too many people, that express the artist’s angst more than a theological truth, that are not beautiful or moving, or just leave the typical viewer scratching their collective heads and wondering “what the get out?” is not liturgical art.
A statue of the Virgin Mary that turns so many people off that brides bring their own statues to their wedding is not liturgical art. A statue of the Holy Spirit that is so far out there that nobody would even know that it had anything to do with spirituality many times even after learning the title is not liturgical art. A wishy-washy or incredibly bland portrayal of Christ on His Cross that is so nondescript (presumably so that viewer could imagine anything that he wants - making him the artist perhaps, not the creator of the art piece) is not liturgical art.
I have encountered all of these. Some of them are still worthy as a piece of art perhaps, but not for Church. Part of the very purpose of the art is to strike someone so deeply that they want to spend time with it - hopefully at first glance - to be drawn in - to be made curious - to be moved to think about spiritual truths and not immediately about how much they dislike it. Some well meaning artist may say, “But I am expanding their ideas of art!” may be doing a good job in that respect, but they are not doing a good job at liturgical art. They run the risk of pushing away souls rather than attracting them.