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What art historians really know

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Ken Rohrer (kenroar)
Tue, 7 May 1996 00:01:04 -0600

I received an interesting fax from an artist from an artist promoting his
product. I want to share it with the group for discussion. Here is a
portion of the text:

My art company all "started with a visit to MOMA and a sculpture called
'The Fountain' which was simply a wall mounted male urinal. It received
great admiration from the 'experts.'"

"Another observation was formed when some picture at the Met was
described as a masterpiece- 'what depth of understanding, what line, what
form, what play of colors, etc.'- was discovered to be a forgery done
hundreds of years ago. Down it came from the hallowed walls into the
oblivion of the cellar. Where the 'craftsmanship, etc' went was never

"Another milestone was when I created a method of baking automoblile
lacquers on to masonite....I went to mall show after mall show and sold not
a one, until an artist told me to take the afternoon off and he would sell
my paintings. When I came back, he had sold three. When I asked him how he
did it, he told me he had tripled my prices. He explained that people judge
non-objective art by the price because they have no courage to simply say
they bought it because they liked it."

Because of these experiences, my art seems "like deep and obscure
thoughts, but I can assure you, they really mean nothing."

My question is, how much do art historians really know? Have some artists
fooled the art critiques?

If you have any comments to this message, please send a copy to the artist,
Lee Daniel Quinn, at words for him to read. He is not a member of
the list.

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