How can you say bad things about Picasso, Pollock, and Rothko? They were great artistic geniuses!

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How can you say bad things about Picasso, Pollock, and Rothko? They were great artistic geniuses!

From Brian K. Yoder

Published before 2005


Q: How can you say bad things about Picasso, Pollock, and Rothko? They were great artistic geniuses!

I can say bad things about them because they were not geniuses and because they didn't create good art. In fact, they made their fortunes based on the idea of producing things that were not even close to being good art, or art at all. Instead, they one way or another produced poor or non-art and "got away with it". There are objective ways of measuring the value of art (as I outlined above) and none of these "geniuses" came close to creating good art. The fact that they were famous and that many people have said and written nice things about them is no proof that they were geniuses or even artists. Objective truth is the proper measure of genius, not fame.