Quote Originally Posted by Richard Sintchak (rich815) View Post

A common criticism of much modern art is that "anybody could do that" which is increasingly true.
It isn't increasingly true, or, if it is, I'm not sure what evidence you could adduce to support the assertion that it is.

Quote Originally Posted by Richard Sintchak (rich815) View Post
Abstract visual art favours painters skilled in relatively simple forms.
Unfortunately, simply not true.
The idea that abstract painters simply slosh a few lines or shapes onto a canvas without any technical skill is ... simplistic, shall we say.
A straightforward if hackneyed counter-example is Rothko, of course, but there are dozens if not hundreds of others, some well-known, some not.

One good way of ridding oneself of these sorts of ideas is to sit down and talk to some of the artists practicing abstraction.

as so often, mr. nanian is much more on the right lines here.