MODERN ART ADVOCATE meets the IMPARTIAL HONEST INQUIRER

Over at the ARC Paul Soderberg has an interesting article.
Some excerpts-

"....nobody thought it particularly unusual, much less bizarre, when a dead (stuffed) horse dangled from the ceiling fetched more than $2 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York in 2004, or when an anonymous buyer paid $5.2 million for a porcelain statue of Michael Jackson cuddling a chimpanzee named Bubbles, or when Steven Cohen, founder of a Connecticut-based hedge fund called SAC Capital Advisors, LLC, spent $8 million for an adult tiger shark pickled in formaldehyde. "

"..when you have the mindset that anything an artist does is art, credentials replace talent".

He imagines a conversation between a MODERN ART ADVOCATE and an IMPARTIAL HONEST INQUIRER -

MODERN ART ADVOCATE: "Artist Joe Schmo is a great artist!"
IMPARTIAL HONEST INQUIRER: "Cool. Can he paint?"
MAA: "He attended the Haystack Mountain School of Art on Deer Isle, Maine, from 1980
to 1981."
IHI: "Oh. Can he paint?"
MAA: "He received a BA in Art from Yale University in 1986!"
IHI: "Can he paint?"
MAA: "He completed his post-graduate studies at the Stowhegan School of Painting and
Sculpture."
IHI: "Can he paint?"
MAA: "He studied with Mauirizo Cattalan!"
IHI: "Can he paint?"
MAA: "He's had dozens of solo and group shows in New York City and his works are in
corporate and private collections all over the world."
IHI: "Can he paint?"
MAA: "What kind of a question is that? Boy, you sure don't understand the Art
World."
IHI: "Guess not."


Go read the whole thing.

Comments

Sandeep said…
Hi, Gurmeet, I have seen Bose's work- I am an art student in Delhi- and I tend to agree. He is overrated.