Lots of contemporary art is not received well by a public that has become suspicious of the hype that substitutes for talent in our galleries today, and rightly so. But that same scrutiny suddenly disappears when the art is old and featured in a touristy European Capitol or other hallowed museum wings.
Anyone can look at street art, expressionism or an abstract painting and cluck "my kid could do that", but most people are too infatuated with some delusional notion of history to inspect an allegedly "great" old work and understand that their kid could take three lessons, pay attention in two of them and ALSO "do that" ... despite you flying all the way to Europe for bad espresso and a one hour wait to buy a forty dollar ticket to gaze at the wonders of name brand mediocrity hailed as timeless genius. The only thing timeless are the tourists...
If you enjoyed this (and especially if you hated this), check out Mat Gleason's magazine, Coagula Art Journal at Coagula.net and his new CoaguL.A.radio - internet art world radio - and daily art world blog at Coagula.com if you dare.
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