A fellow artist, Geri, sent me this video. I feel that this series is extremely important to anyone interested in art, no matter what their taste, to know what is going on in the art world today.
I've always assumed that current masters' works are not in museums because museums only displayed arts that survived the test of time. Didn't occur to me that beautiful arts, whether representational or impressionistic, have been shunned by critics and curators because beautiful arts don't require critics' explanation to be understood. They make their job less important. Intersting idea...
The Banishment of Beauty
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGX0_0VL06U
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIVaTCRyblM
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMA1rn7q7t0
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byRaMfoiJP4
I like how Scott puts it.
"If you have to be told that a piece of junk is art, it is just a piece of junk."
Maybe 100 years from now, all this commercialized, profit-oriented Modern Art movement will be viewed as the dark age in art history.
Beauty is not a trend. It is truth and what we live for.