Sep 9 2010

Robert Hughes and The Mona Lisa Curse

I’ve just viewed a disturbing, scathing, depressing, and accurate assessment of the art world that makes so much sense I have to share it. Through most of my adult life the art world has mystified me with its embrace of work I thought marginal, yet fetching millions of dollars. What was I missing? I grew up in a very humble home and I can still barely call myself middle class but I have always had a love for art. When I went to art school conceptual art ruled the day and I wanted to make images of real things, so I wound up in the commercial art world. In my early twenties I discovered Robert Hughes and though I thought him a bit stuffy I always thought his observations were important. I read his book “the Shock of the New” before I knew it was a TV series and thoroughly enjoyed it wondering why this stuff wasn’t spoken of in my college art history classes. This documentary shows he hasn’t lost his eye or his keen powers of observation. This film helps me put the pieces together in a satisfactory way that answers a lot of my questions about why I never fit in to the art world at large. Very Interesting stuff. Unfortunately it has been removed from YouTube so I removed the link. Last I checked it was here: