First of all: I am going to keep this blog simple, completely in accordance with the message I want to convey. The message is my mission: limit or destroy the influence of the so called art-elite, which dominates the art-world, in favor of artists who suffer under this regime. The domination of the ‘happy few’ in leads to excesses and the establishment gets away with it, because they have the power to decide what can be defined as art. This kind of dictatorship means that everybody who disagrees with their, will be set aside as ‘ignorant barbarians’.
The art-elite developed a vocabulary as a language that can only be understood by their peers and bystanders who pretend that they know what the untouchable influencers mean. They are the obedient followers to be found in the periphery of every dictator.
A dangerous journey
With this blog I will embark on a dangerous journey. It has a similarity with the story of David and Goliath, or Don Quishot, but that does not intimidate me. I am aware that my aspiration to attack the art-elite can be effortless. It is such a powerful bastion that it will be very difficult to demolish it, but I can at least shoot some holes in their armor. Furthermore: I am fearless, so I don’t care what the response, if any, on my activities and views will be. I am going to do it and I am convinced that many, many, many visual artists and art-lovers will share my opposition and cheer the efforts to bring down the barriers that the establishment put up so cleverly in the past decades.
The consequence of this dominant behavior is that anything they proclaim to be art is regarded as art. I will get into this matter more deeply in the near future and debunk the so called expertise of the self-proclaimed connoisseurs. And I am going to be blunt, so apologize beforehand.
Abuse in the world of art
I have seen too many examples of misplaced recognition. I have witnessed too many situations in which highly qualified artists were denied the red carpet to exhibitions, galleries and museums. Don’t get me wrong: I am not declaring every decision-maker in the art-world a snob. On the contrary. I acknowledge that there is a lot of knowledge and expertise among many insiders with sufficient integrity. Sure enough, but I have also experienced a lot of arrogance. Too much arrogance.
So this is going to be an interesting adventure. I know beforehand that I will be ignored or condemned by the ones I like to expose as impostors. Don’t worry, it will be like water from a duck’s back. But I will gather prove of their misleading attitude, I will gather followers who will stand by me and I will unfold the history on how they obtained the positions as gatekeepers of the art-world.
It will be a bumpy journey, but I like it already. It would be great if the majority of visual artists no longer faces humiliation, but will achieve a broader spectrum of acceptance. That is my goal and that is what I intend to accomplish.
Follow and stand by me for a revolution!
In my next blog I will try to find the source of this abuse in the world of art. Where and when did it start and how was it possible that this elite raised to the power to which they cling to so intensely.
I invite you to join me. Share your opinion and your view. Contribute to a healthier, more transparent and democratic international art-scene. We are the majority, so we will enjoy victory in the end, but we will have to come up with convincing arguments and prove our assumptions.
It’s going to be fun to start a revolution.
Article-Picture: Source flickr, Name OT0917. David and Goliath, Photographer pcstratman, License CC-BY-SA_2-0
Rineke de Jong
05. February 2018
Geweldig dat u uw nek uitsteekt Frans van der Beek. Ik heb gemerkt dat veel artiesten hier tegen aan lopen, maar weinigen durven iets te zeggen uit angst niet meer te kunnen exposeren. Ik heb dit gedeeld op Facebook en hoop dat dit mee kan helpen om de zaak te verbeteren. Gelukkig zijn er ook professionals in de kunst die hun eigen koers varen en zich niets van het establishment aantrekken, maar hoe meer hoe beter. Ik zou dit artikel ook graag op mijn blog willen zetten met vermelding van de bron en de auteur, dus graag uw toestemming.
Frans van der Beek
01. March 2017
I am grateful for the comments, which underline the need for a clean-up in the high-end art-world representatives (thank you for the adequate expression, Eric). These targeted decision-makers in the art-world will probably not join the discussion, because the are not willing to step out of their ivory tower and acknowledge their power and indisputable position. Nevertheless, they will not be pleased by the attack, because the start of this movement could be dangerous in the future. After all, they are a minority in comparison to the huge amount of neglected artists in the world. It will not be easy to overthrow their power, and many of them have to be regarded as real experts, but my intention is to erase the madness, the arbitrariness and the biased attitude.
Thank you for your comments and support.
14. February 2017
You are taking the words out of my mouth! My personal consequence to this described situation was: I founded my own artist-run gallery, to offer professional artists aside mainstream a presentation platform for their art. What I never would have expected: arrogant insiders trying to sell me their artists, with the ONLY argument, that THEY have decided that this was supposed to be great art. I am talking about work pieces which I would not want to have on my walls for one single day. I made the experience that they simply can't cope with the fact that my gallery is not their private playground. Obviously this seems to be a new experince to the art establishment.
30. January 2017
A lot can be improved indeed. Would be interesting to see some high-end art-world representatives join discussions around opinions like this. I really wonder if they care at all.
29. January 2017
Heavy stuff, but surely an interesting read.. food for thoughts.