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Let me set you straight, art world!

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It’s not for you.
It’s not about you not being disappointed with a certain artist.
It’s not about you seeing the artist going in the “right” direction.
It’s not about you seeing the artist doing thing after thing after thing which will please you, like the work which accidentally pleased you in the past.

The artists owe you nothing.

You’re an entitled shit, aren’t you?

I’d rather the art world turned its back on me than do what they think I should do.

The thing is the art world thinks it has the right to tell the artist what is and what isn’t a good art. This idea is ridiculous! Art world, you’ve believed a lie that you have the right to define art, and especially good art. It’s bullshit!

Art world, you will always find someone you will call a genius or a great master and then you need that person to do things which will validate this claim, or else you will turn your back on that person and publicly criticize his or her work and tell the world how that artist has lost his or her way. Of course you’ll do that. Otherwise you’ll be in trouble. Your position in the society as this body which knows and can tell the society what great art (or simply art) is or isn’t will be in jeopardy. You did that to Robert Rauschenberg and Pablo Picasso, and many, many others.

And you believe that they should give a shit. That your turning your back on them should be a reason for the artists to feel worried and go back to the good times when they were doing something you deemed the “right thing”? That’s the whole basis for calling certain periods of certain artists “bad periods” and “good periods”.

The real artists will tell you “Fuck you art world. I’m not doing it for you, or to validate your idea / claim that I’m this great master and thus should produce a masterpiece after masterpiece after masterpiece. By the way, you think you should tell the world which of my works are masterpieces? Are you out of your fucking mind, you entitled shit?”

You believe you have this ability to judge properly. But it’s only your belief, nothing else. I think you don’t have this ability and you proved it many times in the past. Now what? Whose belief is the right belief? You have this belief because you have some fixed definitions which you approved of and you think that those are the only right definitions in the whole world. Really? I mean really? You can’t fool all people. You certainly won’t be able to fool me, you bitch!

You erroneously assumed that you are entitled to receive a certain kind of art from artists which you admire (or admired). You’re not!

Art world, when will you finally understand that art is all about trial and error while expressing oneself and one’s feelings, and communicating with oneself and the world around you, or, more broadly, with the universe about the things which happen in this world or universe, having or merely starting a dialog? That it’s not about producing over and over what the art world or the general public (instructed by the art world) will deem masterpieces (things which please them), or always providing the right narratives or answers (narratives and answers which the art world or the general public guided by the art world) expects to hear. That’s not art, in my opinion.

Maybe it’s better if we all agreed that there is no right or wrong definition of art (or great art). But I think at the very least you should understand that you have no right to impose your definitions on other people. I think it’s about time, art world. I know people tend to believe whatever you tell them. Such is the power of authorities. And such is the curse of believing that they exist. And of course you’re the first one to believe your appraisal. But it’s lunacy on your part, art world. Lunacy!

*Art world — here what I mean by that are mainly the art critics and art teachers (art schools), other established authorities in the field of art who offer their take on art, but also those established artists who consider themselves entitled to instruct other people (whom they often wouldn’t even consider artists) what art, or real art, or good art, is and isn’t.