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Here's a great funny cartoon my professor showed in Contemporary Art after we learned about famed art critic Clement Greenberg. He was a pompous jerk who had strong opinions on what constituted art, but he had a point (at the time at least). Traditional art was something that had been done before, and as something easy to understand, could then be used as a tool by folks like the Nazis for propaganda. Greenberg admired Modernism--y'know, like Jackson Pollock and his drips or Picasso and his Cubism. He believed that was the new, better way for art to go, and that all that came before was "kitsch."
Contributed by Bridget LaMonica
In 2005 a blind experiment was conducted in which artists and an art historian couldn’t differentiate between modern art masterpieces and works by 4-year-olds. An artist described one of the children’s pieces as “a competent execution of abstract expressionism.” Here is Willem de Kooning’s “A tree in Naples” which is mentioned in the article.
Contributed by Christina Elder