While doing research for a court case I’m an expert in, I Googled the words “conceptual art”. The second site turned out to be titled About the Museum of Conceptual Art. It carried a definition of the topic and went on with a creative exposition to further explain what conceptual art is all about. It included the lines, “To Salvador Dali’s assertion that ‘there is no such thing as a lazy masterpiece,’ conceptual art replies, ‘so what?‘.” Several more paragraphs are followed by a small notation at the bottom: “P.S. This could be bullshit.”
What a revelation in art writing–an unpretentious statement! I have written in several columns and in my forthcoming Artful Dodgers: Fraud and Foolishness in the Art Market that much writing about art is precisely that–Art Bullshit. I find that all too much of it is exclusive rather than inclusive. I always wrote my columns, books and magazine articles in a first person narative style that is essentially storytelling. That way, every reader can “get” what I’m saying without having to speak the art insider’s language.
I also beleve there should be a lot more humor in both art and writing about it. I know Salvador Dali would agree.
For at least a good snicker, go to www.museumofconceptualart.com/about.html.