I generally have little patience for conceptual art, and even less so for conceptual exhibitions. In fact, this Triennial is one of the few conceptual art exhibitions I’ve ever considered to be interesting. Why?
The exhibit is curated around a highly conceptual theme, but most of the artworks are either mixed media paintings or sculptures, each grounded in artist merit of its own. To me, artistic merit is a prerequisite to good art, and I loathe the kinds of conceptual art that masks its low artistic merit under some self aggrandizing thesis.
Is artistic merit subjective? I actually think it’s less subjective than many people claim it to be. Think about the movies: the production value of a movie is arguably not subjective at all, nor is its critical consensus; the only subjectivity is whether an individual viewer likes or dislikes a film despite these objective factors. Fine art is really no diferent.
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