A friend wanted to know what art museums were good to go to in the city. She wanted to take a a out of town friend who loves art to a museum but she had no idea what art is about or where to take her. Of course she rattled off MOMA, the MET, and the Whitney. Some big names. I thought it would be interesting to have them over for tea and a chat on art and her friend could see my process as a professional artist.
SILENCE … followed by “She wants to see “real art”.
It’s a good thing I have a tough skin in these situations. However, this is not an isolated feeling from one person. The majority of people think living artists who are not making a fortune in the art market are not “real artists “. This is a very sad state of affairs today. And my friend actually purchased postcards of my art to use to write to people because she loved the painting.
ART DOESN’T HAVE TO BE IN A MUSEUM OR BE HANGING ON THE WALLS OF WEALTHY INVESTMENT BANKERS. ARTISTS DON’T HAVE TO BE STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS LIKE BANKSY. BUT PEOPLE WANT TO SEE FAMOUS ART BECAUSE THEY NEED TO BE TOLD WHAT GOOD ART IS.
It’s not about taste or getting a feeling of the artwork, it’s the need to be told what is good art. If it’s in a museum it must be good. I have seen a lot of awful art in museums. I personally don’t like MOMA. I’m not into installation art. I never understand what the artist vision is in those long art speak descriptions they post. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?? SPEAK TO ME IN WORDS THAT DON’T REQUIRE ME TO BRING A DICTIONARY TO THE MUSEUM!!