It can be argued that humanity’s horrific descent during World War II left modernist artists of the 50's little choice but to work abstractly in their search for something elevating and spiritual. They used the traditional art media; oil paint on canvas or bronze.
Maybe it's our troubled times, but I think we've returned to this longing. Many artists working today are attempting to lift their audience to some mysterious other place. The difference is that most of them work without any “art” media at all.