In between, there's Tyler Green's '10 Things I Hate About Contemporary Art" talk at the Central Library. Brought to town by IMOCA, Green is one of the main go-to arts bloggers in the country and I'm looking forward to the talk.
While I don't know anything about his "10 Things I Hate About Contemporary Art" list, I thought I'd try to put together mine. Here goes:
1. I hate the term itself. Contemporary mean current. But work labeled "Contemporary art" thirty years ago differs from "Contemporary art" today. Same problem with "modern."
2. I hate that there is not a clear way to differentiate between art that requires skill to create and art that anyone could create based on the ideas of the artist. I can appreciate both, I just think they are distinct enough that they could use separate terms.
3. I hate, for the most part, artists' statements, which often lessen or cloud the work rather than enhance it.
4. I hate when those who don't appreciate contemporary art say that a monkey, a child, or an elephant swinging a paint brush from his trunk can create work indistinguishable from work that sells for big bucks.
5. I hate that, sometimes, a monkey, a child, or an elephant swinging a paint brush from his trunk can create work indistinguishable from work that sells for big bucks.
6. I hate trying to explain how an artist can still sign his or her name to a work when dozens of other people may be responsible for its actual creation (I'm looking at you, Mr. Chihuly).
7. I hate that perception of quality in contemporary art can be so dependant on price tag and marketing.
8. I hate Aliza Shvarts--although I'll defend your right to like her.
9. I hate Thomas Kincaide--although I'll defend your right to like him.
10. I hate when politicians use the most controversial of contemporary art as a weopon.
Care to add anything to the list?