“Art is whatever you can get away with” – Andy Warhol
“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it” – Frank Zappa
You cannot say that a thing is or isn’t art, because if it isn’t, what is it? You get into the game of having to define things, of which there is no getting out.
You cannot say art is good or bad, because good and bad are relative and subjective. Further, they don’t really exist and who the hell do you think YOU are to know the difference?
Your only choice, when presented with art, is to take it or leave it. Take from it whatever and as much as you can, or don’t.
The honest artist will pour everything into their art, precisely so you can keep taking. The cheap artist, well, doesn’t, and so you don’t get much. So you forget it.
In this view, art critics are dubious characters that you should avoid at all costs. They are in the business of making you believe a world of their making.
Art curators, on the other hand, are to be sought out and celebrated. For what they busy themselves with is finding, rounding up and presenting those artists that have something to give, something to say, something to share, that is in some way relevant to the world, now, and you should partake of it.
The work of the art curator is a sort of work of art in itself, so the honesty and cheapness stuff applies to them too. Corruption lies in wait everywhere.