We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I don't think he means Braque or Monet.
Maybe not, but in a short and admittedly incomplete viewing of the video I have seen enough examples of "art as intellectual statement" which is also art that looks like dreck. Which I believe is the point of the video.
You make the point that throughout history, most art has been lousy, I suppose that might be true.
Are you referring to amateur attempts? At least those were utilitarian, decorative, pleasing to the eye, but they were recognized for what they were, a contribution to a pleasant home. They were never considered to be professional art.
Calling lousy art, "collectible" or "investment worthy" or "valuable" is what we're questioning here.
LP: Calling lousy art, "collectible" or "investment worthy" or "valuable" is what we're questioning here.
Dad to Teen: Turn down that music! How can you listen to that noise?!
Well, it's sometimes hard to tell in the moment. Van Gogh didn't sell because people didn't consider it "decorative". Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial is modern art, and many people reviled it at the time as a "black gash", but it has become one of America's most beloved memorials. Klimt's The Kiss is highly decorative, as well as very modern, while Munch's The Scream and Picasso's Guernica are not something you would normally hang in your parlor, but each has had a huge social effect.
Since Warhol at least, art often has a pop aspect to it, striving for attention in a mass media age. Most art will be forgotten, but we can't always tell what will have a cultural impact, much less a lasting cultural impact. That is not to say you shouldn't have opinions about art—that's rather the point of art, after all—but dismissing modern art may be as faulty as assuming that just because something is current that it will have lasting value.
Much of the publicly funded arts programs are like the publicly funded news programs...trashy. The political art of the USSR was most often referred to as degenerate art and it arrived here in the form of performance art and has spread across all the arts including public sculpture. It's SJW art.