Jim Carrey said something about wishing everybody would get rich and famous so they realize it’s not the answer. A lot of artists put the work in and get famous. Sometimes their art changes as a result, it gets weirder, more daring, not like they were before fame.
My theory is these artists realize fame and money and all that just made the hedonic treadmill run faster, so when they make art, they realize nothing actually matters anymore. They have everything, and it’s still not that “good.” So they can just make art without any judgement. Some people think this art sucks, but the majority find it so cool, chic, a side they didn’t know they wanted.
And the artist gets more famous, more money, and more realizations that nothing matters.
So what matters?