[This is a generous contribution to Art Taco by painter and gallerist Jay Herres...]
Seems almost every critic, artist and celebrity says this as if it is the undisputed truth. The reality is less may be more, or less may be simply less. There have been many great Masters over the centuries for whom less was not more. In fact, it could be said that more was not enough.
The birth and popularity of Minimalism in the late sixties and early seventies seemed to enforce this as the unquestionable truth. This "indisputable" way of thinking has stripped endless works of art from their lifeblood. Some of the finest galleries are filled with hollowed out works like bodies without skeletons and houses without foundations. Many artists have seemingly become indifferent to, or abandoned the very elements and skills that artists have strived for over the centuries.
Design in many cases has become 'old hat', color harmonies, who needs them? Drawing skills? forget about it! The artistic blood trail abounds and marketing and name recognition have become the only Gods. The new art is thrown into the feeding trough and gobbled up by the well-heeled uninformed.
--- Jay Herres
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