A while back, in I think the NY Times, there was a blurb about an NYC "performance artist" who, looking to be the next "big thing", decided to sell herself for sex. She had a patron pay her something like $40k...it was a LARGE amount...and then she videotaped the whole thing and declared it art. Today I heard her heralded as a genius by an instructor. Which I guess means that streetwalkers are worthy of NEA grants now. This got me thinking....Thinking about how utterly out of touch the art world seems to be with anything close to reality. The person who made this remark about the Artist/Hooker (if ANYONE can tell me her name, I'd owe you one BTW), comes from a nice legacy family. Daddy is a high poobah in art education (oddly enough at the same school she teaches at now.... *cough cough*), and this instructor even did the whole legacy thing at school. Now, in any enclosed system, in any tight-knit group, you run the risk of becoming too insular. And I think this is the case here. The art world, seems a bit out of touch with the everyman. Even though they oft claim to be his champions. There is no common touch anymore in the world of fine art. Whereas Giotto or Rembrandt would create a work of art accessible to all, now art is made for artists by artists. Now, is thsi an accurate assesment, or am I the one who is out of touch? You tell me.