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5 Things Everyone Hates About Contemporary Art

What a powerful message. Regrettably, this isn't far from the reality. Of course, that "everyone" does not include people in the art world, but rather the rest of us mortals who are meant to be able to appreciate and experience art and the artist's work. And they're enraged. To be honest, I can't say I blame them. With the evident support of the educational system, it seems that modern artists and art organizations have done all they can to purposefully exclude those who don't belong from participating in the debate. Here are some of the reasons on why everyone hates about contemporary art.
Modern art forces us to move ahead with technology  
It's tough to categorize contemporary art. On the one hand, there are still artists who create art using traditional creative expressions such as painting and sculpture. However, new media art, such as sound art, light art, and interactive installations, is an essential component of contemporary art. It may not be as popular in museums as it should be, perhaps because of the elitism that exists at the core of what is considered fine art that belongs in a museum exhibit and what does not, but it exists, and I would dare to say it is the future of art (I may be biased because I have a BA in Art and Technology).
Its quite difficult to understand the true value of contemporary art
So, although modern art has many forms, its meaning and associated value are the key to its perplexing character for typical viewers. Let's take a look at a recent example: the $18,000 sale of an unseen artwork by Italian artist Salvatore Garau. This piece is literally formed out of nothing, and it is up to the audience to shape the sculpture according to the artist's intentions using their imagination.
This, of course, seems to be a joke to someone who isn't familiar with the art world, particularly when asking for the amount of money that we associate with its worth. Who are we to blame them? I've studied art and am ostensibly an artist, and I think it's ludicrous. Conceptual art has a long history; it began in the twentieth century and peaked in the 1960s, owing to the Fluxus movement and notable artists like Yoko Ono (yes, she was a conceptual artist before John Lennon). However, because of its abstract character, conceptual art has always battled with appeal. Some people will never grasp it, and those who do will argue that it is pointless. It is a kind of art associated with the creative elite.
Controversies around modern art
The news media, on the other hand, loves to cover these stories. They are well aware that they will cause controversy among ordinary people, despite the fact that this form of work was not created for them, which I find problematic in and of itself, but we'll get there. As was the case with the banana on the wall in 2019. To refresh your memory, another Italian artist, Maurizio Catalan, presented Comedian, a banana on a wall covered with duct tape. Comedy, to be sure.
When it was really sold for $120,000, though, it became newsworthy and much more of a joke. A task that would cost $1 if just the materials were utilized. The artist's concept and idea are worth $120,000, according to that figure. To the average person, this is not just a joke, but also an insult.
Some people use modern art for bad deeds
It is no secret that the art sector has evolved into our society's greatest money-laundering mechanism. It's been like that for a long time. Everyone knows that millions of dollars are traded nearly tax-free in the form of art auctions and museum contributions, yet it still happens. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: under capitalism, art is no longer art. As I already said, art has nothing to do with beauty or aesthetic pleasure, no matter how problematic such ideas are. Art, on the other hand, should not be used as a commodity in the service of illicit actions.
This fosters the perception in the public mind that art is a diversion reserved for the corrupted elite. Unfortunately, the new game in town, NFTs, isn't going away anytime soon, with a digital artwork made into an NFT by Beeple selling for $69 million at a Christie's auction in March 2021.
You need to learn a bit about history to be a true modern art enthusiast
I'll begin with the final question since I believe it is one of the keys to unlocking the remainder of the puzzle. In my perspective, today's creative education is rather outmoded. Unless you want to study art as a university Speciality, your understanding of art will be based on history: these are the qualities of the renaissance, gothic, neoclassical styles, and so on. Art is defined as highly competent figurative depiction, according to popular belief. I know this because I used to believe that, and I've spoken to a lot of individuals who think that art is everything created before the twentieth century, excluding abstraction. And why is this notion so deeply embedded in our understanding of art?
I believe that art history is taught as a narrative of tremendous human accomplishment without a profound relationship to its socio-political and socio-economic historical circumstances, and this is my view, which I have been debating for many years. When people are presented with contemporary art, which spanned practically the entire twentieth century, abstract art in all of its forms began to take precedence over figurative, traditional "fine" art. In general, we don't understand modern art because we don't fully grasp the historical context of the late nineteenth century: industrialization, early capitalism, big cities, countryside exodus, machinery, technological advances, new social classes, early mainstream media, and its consequences into the twentieth century: unprecedented wars and destruction, early globalization, communications, alienation of society, and disassociation.
Final words
Keep these facts in mind and you’ll figure out why people hate contemporary art. Modern art reflected all of society's tremendous, rapid changes, and contemporary art is in some ways following in their footsteps since they are still present in today's culture. We can't grasp the present if we don't understand the past. This is true of art as well as our real lives.