No Skill No Art
A comment I received said "Excellent analysis of the sad state of fine art."
This comment summarizes many others. However I believe that contemporary art is alive and well. Art is not in a sad state, art isnt dead. What is makes it seem so is that we are less and less able to see fine work in the modern sections of museums. What has declined is the sensibility of those who are considered our most important authorities on great art. In fact there has been at least as much fine work produced this century as in any other. The reasons for this perception is in part described in the essays in my book.
A MODEST PROPOSAL
What can be done about museums and critics? I do not advocate that museums cease
exhibiting Modern Academic Art. However, I do suggest that in fairness to today's extremes
in taste, museums should have two different curators. One for each side of the art debate.
They could then compete by means of the artwork they each choose to hang and engage in
lively debates. People will then have an opportunity to see the work of both sides of the
art debate and decide what they prefer for themselves. If this were to happen the censored
approach of the last 60 years would end.
Before the advent of the Internet this kind of criticism was impossible.
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