Vassily Kandinsky, a Russian-born painter is seen as the leader in avant-garde art of abstraction in painting in the 20th century. Kandinsky was accepted into a prestigious namely the Munich Academy of Arts. He formed the New Artists Association in Munich and was a member of the Bauhaus movement alongside Klee and composer Arnold Schoenberg. He created an new genre, something unique and original in the art world and there were a few other greats, like Rothko and Agnes Martin, but today it is glutted with artificially produced crap and nobody knows the difference.
It is time for abstract art to die so we can again respect the real artists with education and vision. because it has become a Walmart Poster Business and unscrupulous people are making a lot of money off of it.
That does not mean we need to go back to traditional art BUT we do need for artists to prove that they are educated and DO have technique, and DO have something important to say, before they are loosened on the public and exposed in galleries.
In America there is an unvoiced value system of, if something sells it has value. Well art can not fall into that system without falling into total disrepute. Art has to be treated with the same respect that other vocations like law and medicine are treated, and it won't as long as NO standards exist! And anybody can be an artist thanks to the prevailing embracement of abstract art.
You can't call yourself an artist in Europe unless you have an education and artists there have a social status equal to doctors and lawyers.