Why does this happen?
These were just a few examples of bizarre art
that doesn't appear to be art.
We seem to have set up a bit of a tradition
in the Western art world of this situation. Why?
Unfortunately, I have no definitive answer
for you, but here are a few of my thoughts:
- Is it that after reaching a certain level
of notoriety, the artist gets bored with previous, more traditional
- Or, is the culmination of success of aan artist the abuse of their
power and influence? Are they perhaps testing the waters of what they
can get away with?
To be clear, I haven't any problems with a
piece of art selling for $120,000. What I don't like is that the buyer
in this case was essentially paying for nothing.
Gallerie Perotin explained that the editions of banana/duct tape that
had been sold really consisted of a certificate proving ownership--of
the idea, I guess? So, theoretically the owners would be authorized to
tape a new banana up and call it the original? The whole thing makes my
biggest problem is this:
you make anything art, art
And where does this leave the scores of hard-working artists in the
past and present? Those who are spending thousands of hours to hone
their technique and abilities?
And what can we do anyway about how the 1% choose to waste their money? Well,
All we can do is vote with our website
clicks, with who we choose to patronize and 'follow' or 'like' online.
I, for one, am going to try to support
artists of all kinds who are striving to create something really
worthwhile, not just start a conversation about what is worthless.
In the meantime, I’m hungry. I think
I’ll go eat a banana.