Bravo TV has a new reality show “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”
Screw The Art World: Yes, the art world is bullshit. It’s a bunch of willfully wacky artist types with outlandish personalities (great for reality television) who are trying to dupe a bunch of wealthy hedge funders into buying their work in the hopes that it will become popular and turn them a profit. The incestuous world of Art Basel and the West Chelsea gallery scene is not welcoming to outsiders. It is trying to foster the illusion of exclusivity, prestige, and big, big money to make a bunch of crazy people really rich. This is all. If it lets all the rabble from the middle of the country in to try to grab at the free wine and cheese at their openings, it’s going to ruin the whole enterprise. (Look at what happened to Ryan McGinley!) This secret society might seem cool, hip, and mysterious. But it is really just one big giant fraud. One that doesn’t want us at its parties.
A Picture and a Thousand Words: The art world is a fraud and so is the art it creates. It is no longer about creating aesthetically pleasing works or things that are objectively beautiful. It is about telling good stories. No work is complete without the narrative of how it was made. Like Jackson Pollock, “Oh, he was a horrible alcoholic who just threw paint around. Sure, they all look alike, but he peed on this one. Look, he put a cigarette out on this one.” Obviously performance art is the worst offender of this, but it has infiltrated its way into all other disciplines. It’s either about the materials, the process the artist went through to make it, or the concept behind it. We don’t care if it’s a column made out of turds from the field where the artists abandoned his puppy as a young boy. It’s still a pile of shit, and no matter how much someone paid for it or how much we’re supposed to like it, it still stinks.