Saw this in hyperalergic the other day and assumed it was posted here. Couldn’t find it, so I’m starting the convo. This relates to our hobby in that that many continue to foam at the mouth when told that this designer toy crap is not good art. It’s art, it’s just bad art. Hyperalergic KASW review (Quick read) I agree with all of these points. Would also add the LV off-white crowd making it even worse for the service a museum has to give a community vs the inflation they actually create for these works. Of specific importance is the free pass artists like kaws have been given through our own reporting outlets in the industry, which has then created a fabricated sense of contemporary introspection or avant-garde. Don’t confuse this with the type of work our regional suck lords do, this is much more insidious than a maker aping a brand or theme to make their version of that work. Think about how much museums putting up kaws shows fall more along the lines of those event spaces where you just take IG selfies in many installations vs the contemporary galleries at the Art Institute. If the work you’re looking at is thought of from the lens of how well it brings crowds through the door, it is not good artwork. The erasure of these distinctions is the same one that causes someone to dismiss arguments around what is good or bad artwork for ‘taste’. We all collect for our own tastes and the people we collect from might have good taste in making work. However, the ad nauseam releases of spongebob/astronoboy/Disney toys with dissected parts or it’s clones do nothing to move the medium forward. Even worse is the perceived notion that craft equals art and it can, but in these cases it doesn’t (I’m being simplistic, but the general sense remains) Thoughts? Would love to hear about y’all’s relationship to your collecting, the people making the things you collect, and how they impact your everyday life outside of making us jelly of your shelves.