Why is Art History so hard? The Professor's survey class always loses two-thirds of is students. Why? Because, students must use their eyes and mind and must use both symbolic and comparative thinking. This Art business demands cognitive skills.
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Everything the Professor paints or teaches is derived from things he has digested from his peers. People can easily point out from whom or what he is borrowing. Where ever you turn someone has already been there. It is all one's personal discovery, yet the Professor sees that many people do not understand that what they are doing is simply copying or playing mind games with themselves and supposedly the viewers.
The Professor likes Duchamp, but he hates what his ideas have fostered, making art a silly mind game and yes, everyone can be an artist, so therefore, what is art? Whatever I say it is and so????
The Professor's years in Santa Fe and visits to other tourist driven art destinations taught him the treachery of the market. He saw knock-off of knock-offs of knock-offs. It all seems so easy. Take a class and you become an artist. Your friends will be impressed. Maybe one of them will open a gallery. Perhaps they have lots of money to burn and need a tax right off or perhaps a social 'lift'. In a market driven art world, why not? If someone has a gimmick, why not use it? The clientele usually does not know the difference. They just want the stuff to behave itself and blend into the surroundings. And please, let the art not be disruptive or disturbing.
Well, in typical tourist markets, people do not to be confronted. They want to feel good and they do not want real intellectual stimulation. The Professor was looking at the Matisse catalogue from MOMA and realized this type of work could never be shown in either Santa Fe or a city such as Houston. The work the Professor sees in the MOMA catalogue is too rough, too ground breaking, too confrontational for a sales driven gallery. He thinks about that a lot. Galleries must sell, artists want to sell. What to do? Happily, the Professor has a job. He is free to paint whatever he wishes. He puts his paintings in storage and makes another.
Tonight, the Professor is feeling better again. It's a new painting day tomorrow.