And the Worst Visual Artist of the Year is…
Unless you follow the hardcore art blogging scene-- or are simply informed about art beyond knowing that Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear or that Pablo Picasso was a womanizer-- it often seems that online art debates, such as the ones you may find on Facebook groups or Myspace forums, boil down to petty rants that are infused with misdirected passion. Said rants tend to involve who the worst artist is or emotive tirades about what someone views as the worst art-- be it style or a specific work of art. While I normally do not involve myself with futile debates that strive to demonize or poke fun at a specific artist or work of art I do find the idea of ‘worst art’ or ‘worst artist’ to be both amusing and appealing.
Other forms of expression-- such as music and acting-- have long endured the wrath of worst lists. You can easily find worst list of musicians, actors, and even authors that focus on specific years. That said, it is rare to find worst lists involving the mainstream art world-- and the ones that do exist tend to never direct themselves at specific people. Instead of name dropping they will focus on the thought process of artists, art dealers, and art collectors. I suppose names are rarely targeted due to the fact that the mainstream art world is still rather isolated and inclusive. In other words, people don’t want to shoot themselves in the foot. Perhaps that should change.
I suggest that because while best and worst lists involving musicians, actors, and authors tend to involve public feedback or polling the few art lists that focus on the best-- and the even rarer lists that focus on the worst-- in art are often created without public insight or simply rely on a handful of professionals. It is even more common for such lists involving art and artists to be created by a single individual. My point is that while best and worst lists focused on music and acting are not exactly academic they do tend to reveal some truth concerning public opinion-- sadly, we often do not see that when it comes to mainstream artists and art galleries.
With this in mind I ask the following questions:
* Is it important to know public opinion concerning specific artists and art galleries compared to the opinion of art world professionals and other who are apt to not consider public opinion when creating lists that strive to define the popularity or infamy of artists, art galleries, and so on?
* Would you like to see more art magazines and art writers in general focus on best/worst lists involving artists and art galleries?
* If so, would you prefer that said lists involve public polling or some other form of feedback instead of being rooted in the opinion of professionals?
Personally, I think it would be interesting to know what the public views as the worst art or art gallery just to see how it compares to the writing of mainstream art critics and others who have an impact on how the history of art is documented. If a mainstream art critic suggests that a specific artist is speaking visually for the public by impacting our culture I would like to know if the public agrees or not.
Take care, Stay true,