And maybe I think they are right!
Anyone that shits on a canvas now is an artist. No training or education or study of art history needed. All you need really are good connections and a good looking demeanour with a charming personality and people will throw money at you no matter what you produce. Like Jeff Koons, who bamboozled high society into making him a millionaire by pretending bunnies are the rad fad of today’s art world.
The digital age is a great facilitator of producing kitsch. You don’t need to draw anymore, just produce a trace on your Tablet in Art Rage. And if you have money you can print it life size and sell it in Miami. Painting is so hard to sell these days because it still smacks of art school and effort and talent, except of course if you are wedded to abstract art, where none of that matters.
I think I never bought into total abstract art because it felt like I was cheating people, pulling the wool over their eyes, even if I had a degree from College. That is just me. I am sure a lot of talented and educated artists have produced wonderful abstract art. But unfortunately a lot of uneducated untalented people could also do that and did.
I stopped teaching art to adults because they learned one thing and then produced a million abstract pieces that they sold to decorators. Voila, they were now artist with no intuitive feel for it or anything to convey of any meaning. Art became a wall decoration and not what it was meant to be, a statement of a personal vision. Now people when they see art that expresses something real, walk away from it. As do the galleries looking for slick products to sell.
OCADU is trying to produce Creative Thinkers, not Artists, thus so much verbiage oral and written is produced about stuff that you really can’t talk about without having gone through a personal intuitive process. Creative Thinkers are born and not made, as they are yet to discover.
As a culture and a society we are at a place in art, that is fair to express with a rotten banana, a creative expression of it indeed.