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  • Robert Hughes is a brilliant teacher. The key to effective teaching is asking the right questions. In this video he forces the wealthy collector to expose himself as a shallow, superficial, poorly-educated, naive, self-centered, indulgent, self-aggrandizing, gullible fool. Unfortunately I don’t think Hughes is lucky enough to have a student who can learn from his insightful questioning.

    August 21, 2011
  • What a fabulous interview! And Jerry, I agree 100% with your take on the influence that so-called experts exert on beginners in the art world. If you don’t know someone – or have the ability to get a foot in the door of someone like this collector, forget it – you are a nobody. But it is precisely for this reason that young artists have to shock and cause you to recoil – they have lost the ability the talk through the canvas. And if they do, so-called experts shrug and walk away in their ignorance.

    August 21, 2011
  • Charlotte Herczfeld

    Oh, what gems, thank you, Jerry, for the youtube link, and for the translated quote!

    It seems to me that some of these guys know exactly what they do. After all, why else call one’s studio “The Factory”?

    August 22, 2011
    • Jerry Fresia

      Excellent point. I doubt, however, that the concept “The Factory” was understood
      as capitulation to the imperatives of the larger economy – not anymore than Frank
      Stella anointing himself as “Executive Artist” with worker artists underneath him.
      Anyway, it just goes to show how the more recent spate of art “stars” are far more
      servile than independent and thus free.

      August 22, 2011
  • I’m really glad you wrote this. I’ve been meditating on it for a week now and it’s really helped -refocus- expectations from art. I had been reading magazines like Art in America and when you read this stuff you can’t help but notice that every single “work” is something like a single color on a giant panel and then it says something like “Norway at 5pm” and somehow I’m supposed to want to stare at that for hours. I guess I thought I just didn’t “get it.” Thanks — both to you and Robert Hughes for the reassurance that I’m not the only one who is sane for not “gettting it.”

    August 23, 2011
  • Hughes has played a very big role in shaping the sensibilities of more than one generation.

    September 29, 2011

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