WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: A detail from artist Barbara Kruger's 'The future belongs to those who can see it' at National Gallery of Art on September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
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"Abuse of power comes as no surprise." The phrase, one of conceptual artist Jenny Holzer's "Truisms," has become a rallying cry for members of the art world who are speaking out against a culture that...
Over the years I have heard variations of that phrase -- "I don't get it" -- and I have wondered why. Is it because most people don't understand contemporary art, or is it because they don't appreciate being the first ones to say "the emperor is naked" (read: this is bullshit)? Bottom line is the majority tends to steer clear of everything that has anything to do with art.