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 Post subject: Is the art market making us stupid? Or are we making it stup
PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:10 am 
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Is the art market making us stupid? Or are we making it stupid?
by JERRY SAALTZ in the Village Voice
published: January 18, 2007

To some, the art market is a self-help movement, a private consumer vortex of dreams, a cash-addled image-addicted drug that makes consumers prowl art capitals for the next paradigm shift. This set seeks out art that looks like things they already know: anything resembling Warhol, Richter, Koons, Tuymans, Prince, and Wool could be good; any male painter in his thirties could be great. To others, the market is just a jolly popularity contest, or as New York Times reporter David Carr put it about having his own blog, it's like "a large yellow Labrador: friendly, fun, not all that bright, but constantly demanding your attention."
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Wow, what a rich topic.

This seems to be the age old chicken-egg quesion. Which causes which. And is it really even happening?

Does the dumbing down of the art market stem from a profound lack of art appreciation classes required by our present school system?

Is this same problem as prevalent in the dance world? I think not, but I am selective about what I see and have learned to weed out "dumb" or over-hyped dance pretty accurately.

I am dismayed by the dearth of good TV on the major networks and I think that could be related to what this article is stating. Are they selling us crap because they think it is what we want or because it IS what we want.

Hmmm...


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