ABSTRACTIONIST LAYER: Art School a Scam?

Why the Contemporary Art World Is Insufferable, Corrupted by the Super-Rich by Sola Agustsso



Abstract Expressionist Painter Helen Frankenthaler (featured in the picture on the left) once said in a documentary on art that no school can teach you how to become an artist or understand how color works. "Either you have it, or you don't."


In the article written by Sola Agustsso, I've been exploring the views Mr. Agustsso presented on the world of art and given a perspective. The question raised--is going to an art school the "ticket" to the success of the artist.




Let's read what Mr. Agustsso has to say:


Mike Kelley once said of the recent boom in art school enrollment, "Young people who would have previously gone into careers in indie rock—which is one of the few areas where a young person with no particular talent can make some money—can now accomplish the same thing in the art world." But going to art school doesn't guarantee success in the art world, and art schools often cater to certain artistic movements, isolating those who don't fit into current trends.


The Perspective:

Art isn't about being young or older-- it's about making a sound investment.

It wasn't an art school that impacted how I thought about abstraction. It was artists like Frankenthaler and many others who's retrospectives, works, and bio's I read and looked at--formulated how I created my works.


  • Areas of art instruction: painting, printmaking, drawing, illustration, sculpture, graphic design--have places in apprenticeship programs that I should be apart of the K-12 curriculum.

  • Allowing students to carry on understandings throughout the further study in their chosen discipline (s), hands-on apprenticeship and mentoring programs, self-study or through artist think tanks--where artists can come together and share in the exchange of presentation, perspective and networking.

  • Establishing new collector/viewing programs that can help artists to educate people who might not realize they do have an appreciation for art and would like to collect or healed in an art therapeutic modality.

  • Create community galleries and museums without prejudice or bias.

  • Create independent publications, databases, and auction operations.

  • Allow patrons to follow and collect the artists of there specification--and hold auctions for works without inflated prices or superficial hype or artificiality.


ART is FREEDOM, not CONTROL.


An art school can tell and teach the processes utilized by Picasso--but to get inside what made Picasso who he was, and his methodology to his art--impossible!


The idea that much of what we see from today's "emerging artists" is nothing more than knock/rip off's manufactured or just out-right bullshit-- a clear example of why creativity will soon look to anthropology and anthropologist to find it and dig it back up.