3 Jan

A thought provoking article by Jed Perl: ‘The Super-Rich Are Ruining Art for the Rest of Us‘.

“The art world has become a fantasy object for the professional classes—and that’s a troubling turn of events, because art must be experienced concretely, immediately. Since the democratization of culture began in the nineteenth century, a rising middle class has seen in the arts a dazzling enrichment and complication of its own ideas and ideals—of its belief in fairness, seriousness, standards, transcendence. And now, with the middle class in disarray, art is no longer embraced as anything close to an ideal. Art is just another hope to be abandoned, along with the hope that your children might do better than you’ve done. In place of art as an ideal we have art as an idol. (Or art as an educational tool, by way of the numbingly utilitarian logic that if you learn to play Bach you will improve your math skills.) No wonder everybody is following not the art but the sky-high prices at the auction houses—and the parties at Art Basel Miami Beach, where the same dealers and collectors are gathering this week to play more or less the same games.”

Read the rest here.


Picture unrelated. Ha ha, only joking. Anita Zabludowicz is totally ruining art for the rest of us.



  1. erickuns 03/01/2014 at 3:48 PM #

    Good article. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Er, uh, hate to toot my own horn, but I’ve said much the same thing.in my long tirades against Koons and my parodies of him, Wool, McCarthy, and Hirst. If you have nothing better to do, you might take a look at my “art prank criticism”: http://artoferickuns.wordpress.com/category/art-prank-criticism/ Or not.

    • Alistair 05/01/2014 at 4:30 PM #

      Stencilling over Banksy is a great idea.

  2. Alistair 08/01/2014 at 3:23 PM #

    Reblogged this on Alistair Gentry.


  1. “CRAPPY FINE ART” | CAREER SUICIDE - 11/01/2014

    […] A thought-provoking and informative article inspired by the recent $5.7 million sale of a most definitely crappy act of plagiarism by a technically capable but unimaginative hack (with plagiaristic form) of an original Chris Foss painting for a book cover. Although obviously the utter shithead who bought it for $5.7 million has to take a lot of the blame, too, along with all of his or her kind. Ultimately the artist is just servicing this plutocratic market and churning out high-end widgets that just happen to take the shape of art works, like a glorified McJob work experience boy. If he wasn’t doing it, somebody else would. See also The super-rich are never embarrassed. […]

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