Why is modern art so bad? Victims of a rotten society!
May 15, 2020
Why is modern art so bad

by Virtosu Art Gallery

May 15, 2020

Why is modern art so bad? Victims of a rotten society!

Masters have left no stone unturned to create works that inspire and uplift us. Be it, Leonardo, Rembrandt, or Bierstadt, they have achieved the highest levels of excellence by improving upon the works of masters of the previous generation. Without a doubt, they have continued to seek the highest level possible.

But there was a major turn of events on the way to the 21st century. The once known profound and beautiful art pieces were replaced by the new, ugly, and effortlessly made. And today, unfortunately, these silly and worthless pieces are known as contemporary art.

The masterpiece "David" by Michelangelo was carved out of a rock. And now what we see is the 340-ton rock at Los Angeles County Museum, known as Levitated Mass, which displays it ever so proudly. How did our standards fall so miserably? What caused the centuries-old ascent towards artistic excellence to die out?

David by Michelangelo
David by Michelangelo
Actually, it did not end; instead, it was pushed out. In the late 19th century, a group named The Impressionists protested against the French Académie des Beaux-Arts and its call for traditional standards. While their intentions are not very clear, they certainly encouraged the "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" mentality.

Now, I can not say people love the Impressionists. Low attendance speaks for itself. Similar to most revolutions, the first group produced work at a decent level. Monet, Renoir, and Degas sustained the basics of discipline and execution. But with each group that came after, there was a considerable fall in standards. Only the concept of personal expression was left.

Jakob Rosenberg, who was a respectable art historian, wrote about the quality of art that how it is not a matter of personal judgment but also, to a high degree, a matter of agreement among artists and trained observers. However, the concept of universal standard in art is now usually confronted with great opposition by contemporary money-driven critics who advocate for whoever writes the largest check.

Contemporary art is complicated, and there are several things I disagree about it. One of them is the audacity of any fool of calling themselves an artist. Art is a beautiful craft, and it takes patience and practice to master the technique. Before contemporary art, artists would take years of dedication for perfection and create beautiful pieces to uplift the public.

Art is not something that you can learn overnight. The skill has to be earned by dedication. Sure, everyone can come up with interesting ideas, but what sets anyone apart is their dedicated hard work. When I talk about artists, I include instrumentalists, painters, and photographers who are outstanding in what they do.

However, today, any person with a canvas and a paintbrush call himself an artist. They believe that an effortless brush stroke can beat the sweats our masters put in their work. They claim art is just about what people feel and that no one can genuinely point out what falls in the category of art. This is just a load of crap. According to the zeitgeist, the perception of art depends on a human's mind. If there is a consensus as to what can be considered as art, it might as well be. But today, the most pointless of things get declared as art. Undoubtedly, there is a massive gap between the general public and the new generation of "artists" who declare what art it.

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Art is supposed to touch the soul and have a great influence on you. But sadly, we live in a time where any garbage on canvas is considered as art. Art takes you to a magical phase where you can feel the light within yourself. How can garbage on a canvas make you feel like that?

Everything cannot be art, and people need to realize it. The years of dedication by artists on their canvases are just being replaced by cheap hacks, which causes demotivation among them. Be it an actual piece of fine art or just a "self-called artist" trying to show off his blank canvas; everyone gets appreciated and treated equally.

In my opinion, these "self-called artist" never really know which direction to go in. They can do the most futile things and become the alleged in-demand artists. For instance, Marina Abramovic smears blood on the walls representing cannibalism and calls it art? It's nothing more than dust that has to be removed when cleaning. We need a strategy to secure our time, attention, and energy — to preserve our moods and feelings healthy enough to cope effectively with the real problems and challenges of the world. This is how far our standards have fallen. Sadly, this is not what the majority demands. Perhaps, the whole world of art has been turned upside down.

In addition to the quality of art being deteriorated, the area of work that was once unmatched has also become extremely cheap. Artists used to utilize their talents, and the subject matter revolved mainly around history, literature, religion, etc. But today, the new generation of artists often portray subjects and do not really make a statement through their art. The true artists often used their potential to make a statement, but it never compromised the brilliance of their work.

Over the last few years, however, I have noticed that fewer and fewer people are willing or able to offer the names of their favorite critics. I ask only one question:

"Do you read any art criticism?"

Yet there are signs here and there that the audience for serious art criticism hasn't entirely vanished, that critics may still matter. Still, even though a lot of art criticism is being published, it's rare for any single piece of writing to have the kind of impact that certain texts did in previous decades.

Nobody reads Andrianna Campbell, Jason Farago, Carolina Miranda, Jerry Saltz, Peter Schjeldahl, Martha Schwendener, Sebastian Smee. If you ask them whether their work has any shelf life, you may get an interesting answer. Saltz once observed that art critics are "very here, then very gone." Ohh, Really? How do you explain that?

very here, then very gone.
Very here, then very gone.
We cannot entirely blame these so-called contemporary artists and blackballed critics because the self-claimed art community plays a significant part in this decline. It includes museum management, gallery owners, and analysts who promote this kind of art. They represent childish scribbles and lousy art pieces that are claimed as meaningful and a genius' work. It is truly their fault in not recognizing the real art. Only for the sake of back cuts, the greedy and corrupt would spend $10 million of public money on a rock and call it art.

Why is modern art so bad
Levitated Mass (one can easy feel the mass levitated into the pockets...)
At the moment, the world feels insane. And while I'm not convinced if this specific point in time is necessarily much crazier than any other, the sentiment of being frustrated, frightened, confused, furious, and helpless about all the horrid things that are happening in the world can be stressful.

Checking your phone for several minutes in the morning when you get up, you just don't want to get out of bed. You only want to fall asleep again, preferably for few decades, until the world becomes somewhat less crazy.

From Facebook and Twitter to Fox News and CNN, it's pretty obvious that we're all hooked to the news. These portals are feeding us with crappy, out of context, fake information created just for the sake of manipulating masses.

But, some catastrophe that causes some deep pain should eventually, (hopefully!), cause you to begin the waking up process to "see." The stakes are high. We are the real commodity both in the physical and spiritual sense. We are being deceived, tricked, and lied to for-profit and power, stemming from principalities in both the physical and spiritual realms and keeping us asleep in the dark. Our minds are being hijacked – intentionally - to keep us under the spell. It's powerful. But, you are more powerful and YOU put an end to selling your soul when you wake up to this.

We don't necessarily have to follow this trend, do we?

We are constantly being lied to-by governments, by ads, by marketers, by sales staff, by authority figures, by financial institutions, by 'religious' institutions, by television, by radio, by the media-but we must remain honest. We need a way to remain engaged and linked with our ideals and the things that matter most, not to be endlessly blinded and thrown in the trash by the latest presidential tweet, congressional blunder, or celebrity nonsense of some sort.

We are systematically confronted with myths that represent "real life" that is nothing more than a mechanism of pushing consumerism — yet, whenever we attempt to "be our true self," we are totally overlooked or ignored. We're stolen from, but we cannot steal.

We certainly can show our feelings through the art we admire at museums or buy at galleries. If a product does not sell, it won't be produced since the art gallery is just a business. It all depends on the demand of the public. This way, we will be able to restore the real art world and rejoice what we know is good. Let's celebrate what we know is good and ignore what we know is not.

About author Alina Livneva was born 1985 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She studied at Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. Educated in Russia and the United States. Lives in Miami. Has also lived in Russia. Contemporary Art. Collections expert, exhibitions and loans. E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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