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kleinbl00  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Helen Dale: My Unpopular Opinion: There Are Too Many Mediocre Artists

What market supports mediocre art, exactly? Let's unpack what exactly we're looking at:

    There are too many artists, too many people who want to be artists, most of them aren’t very good, and schools should focus on inculcating self-discipline rather than dopey ‘all must have prizes’ creativity.

    So I’m at a modern art museum right now and it’s the biggest joke if i ever saw one. pic.twitter.com/qURrATBFuA

    — woke space convert (@hanmariams) August 10, 2018

This is a post by "young post neocon catholic medievalist" who (A) goes to Florida State University in Tallahassee (B) lists her URL as "catholicscomehome.com" (C) proceeds to say

    since a lot of people are now seeing this, you might be thinking, well what is quality art? BOY LET ME TELL YOU--

So. This is a college student in Florida hating on community art in Tallahassee so she can compare it to Boticelli's Madonna, which a self-publishing Australian figures is the right kind of hue and cry to illustrate how shitty art is now. Eyes on the prize, though - even ten years ago you'd have a really rough time finding out how much catholic college students hate on their local art scene, let alone use it as evidence of some pompous blog post.

Where things go pear-shaped on this one is the dudgeon and moral authority put on by the author over the low bar to art... while using anti-doctrinal outrage at community outreach in a community two oceans away as an example. That's not a "market." "Market" is when you gripe about tax dollars being used to buy a Jeff Koons. Which certainly happens, pretty much every time Jeff Koons sells something. But the fact is, I can say "Jeff Koons" and I'll bet you either (a) immediately get an image in your head or (b) go google "jeff koons" and immediately go oh that guy.

    For my part, I am left wondering why there is so much shitty art,

I'ma pull a zipcode out of my ass- 12344. Oops, that's Stockholm. Fine, let's use Maps anyway. ZOom in where it drops me. Drop street view at random. First thing I see - a tile mural. We're in a position where we can type random shit into the internet and within three clicks be looking at art in countries we've never been, that we'd normally have to walk up to in order to even notice. The shittiness has not gone up - the availability has. I consider that to be an unalloyed good.