Originally Posted by tonybhall
I couldn't agree more. While I don't appreciate Rothko's works, I am very interested in learning, about pretty much everything. I've actually been reading a lot about him since last night. It has done little to change my impression of his work and much to lessen my opinion of the "art crowd." It seems to me it's a large collection of people who can't form an oppinion of their own without having it given to them by a text book or professor. Kind of sad really. I think it prevents any meaningful discussion of this type of thing because it has become a sacred cow.
We live in a society where a grill cheese sanwich with a burn mark that seems to look like Mary will fetch outragous amounts at an auction. We all know that's absurd, but how dare we question the validity of 3 rectangles on a cardboard box becuase they were put there by the great ROTHKO.... everyone bow down. ha ha...
An educated and informed opinion is one anyone can respect.
I do have one thing to say about thing holding value because of a consensus by the masses.
If you think about it, all things have a value only because we as a group all agree that it does. Gold is just a yellow metal and diamonds are just clear rocks.
When you judge a piece of art for its 'value' consider for a moment that its monetary value is not the same as its historic or art value. The ideas are related, but by no means the same.
Conversely, to deny something its value merely because our society has created a convention which states it so is as foolish as proclaiming the world is flat.