Greenberg and his followers kept guarding their taken positions for decades, always ready to destroy all evidence of human values, with one single phrase of mockery, Djikstra points out.
He claims that O’Keeffe’s reputation was suffering, which affected other artists as well, who made a name for themselves, before the war.
So, who is art for?

The Whitman Strain

The popular interest in her art, the “democratic Whitman strain in American culture” Greenberg saw as the ultimate “vulgar ignorance to esthetic truths”, according to Djikstra.

He highlights however, that it was this strain that saved her art from falling into oblivion, and it too is responsible for it being prominent today.

O’Keeffe: Two Calla Lilies on pink, 1928


Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose

Contains the first and “deathbed” editions of “Leaves of Grass,” and virtually all of Whitman’s prose, with reminiscences of nineteenth-century New York City, notes on the Civil War, especially his service in Washington hospitals and glimpses of President Lincoln, and attacks on the misuses of national wealth after the war.


Do you know of any contemporary artists that ‘dares’  to create beautiful artwork and have received appreciation from the public or buyers, but are ignored or even get trashed by the critics?

If so, why do you think that is?

Please leave a comment below.


2 thoughts on “Who Is Art For?

  1. Great point. As an artist I am constantly struggling with following my natural inclinations, catering to the buyer or subconsiously/consciously pandering to what I think critics want to see.

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  2. @liliannemilgrom: It is a real challenge to master those subtleties. I’d love to see some examples of your struggle. I am thinking it could be possible to see where it is more authentically ‘you’…? I am too close to see it in my own art I think.


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