Three Predictions About the Near Future of Art

Burning police cars, anyone?

The New Museum gets ungovernable: Jonathas de Andrade's 4000 Disparos (4000 Shots), 2010
Courtesy the artist and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo
The New Museum gets ungovernable: Jonathas de Andrade's 4000 Disparos (4000 Shots), 2010

As the journalist Kathleen Massara recently pointed out, we've entered the nightmare scenario Robert Hughes warned us about in Nothing If Not Critical. A slice of the art world has gone, body and soul, for "the strategies of other mass media," devouring the "emphasis on spectacle, cult of celebrity, the whole masterpiece-and-treasure-syndrome." That group's recession-busting logic is Scrooge-simple: Greed is good, art and artists are products, only sales measure artistic worth. But there's another, sunnier, less Dickensian world out there. "Art, like morality," wrote G.K. Chesterton, "consists in drawing the line somewhere." It's time to pick up that pencil and brandish it.

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PunkToad
PunkToad

Damien Hirst: The Artist Isn't Present! See "The Art Instinct" and "The $12 Million Shark"

Stefano
Stefano

A really nice approach. Art will die another day. Good to know.

 
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