Yeah, because art makes you feel good, or it looks really awesome, or it sounds amazing. The way you're using the word liberated seems to me to be different from the way the Buddha uses it. The pleasure of art is dependent upon passion. If one has no passion for sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations or ideas and concepts then what's called art and what's called dirt on the ground is felt in the same way, one wouldn't seem more sublime than the other (although I suppose that's debatable). Dirt is something seen, a painting is something seen but when there's no passion for what's seen then a painting is just another sight, nothing special about it. Taking pleasure in art is just a higher form of sense pleasure than say, eating burritos. This isn't to bash on art, just saying that it is not something a bhikkhu should be focused on. I personally love surfing, I think it's way more awesome than any music, painting, or any other form of art that I might otherwise think is awesome, but I don't think bhikkhu's should be surfing because surfing encourages attachment to certain weather conditions and attachment to surfboards and wetsuits (if the water's cold), to the pleasant feelings of riding a wave, and to the look of good waves. However, the Buddha realized that even if one sees the drawbacks in sense pleasure, if one doesn't have another source of pleasure then they won't be able to turn away from sense pleasures like eating burritos, making art, looking at art or hearing art, surfing, or having sex. This is where jhana comes in, this is the sort of pleasure that bhikkhu's are afforded and it is one that is conducive towards the goal because it clears and stills the mind so that one can see things how they really are which induces dispassion, relinquishment, release, knowledge and vision of release, and total unbinding through lack of clinging.
(mind you, this is just my understanding, others' opinions may differ but it makes sense to me)
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"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."