Is it Good Art?

Being Difficult

by Carolyn Henderson

Unless we watch ourselves, we gauge the quality of our work, what we choose to paint, and most importantly, how, by what we read in magazines, pick up in workshops, absorb on websites, and internalize, via osmosis, through the "art atmosphere" we inhabit.

At best, this situation results in a lot of artists who have the same loose idea -- promulgated by art establishments, publications, and associations with a vested interest in promoting their own products -- of what constitutes "good art."

Along the at worst spectrum, this situation results in artists unconsciously "painting to the test," so to speak, mimicking or being overly influenced by the art of another, publicly "successful" artist, in order to get into certain shows, be noticed by particular galleries, or be accepted to societies and associations. [...] 

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