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What’s Wrong With Art? According to ChatGPT

Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic loves art and visits hundreds of exhibitions a year. Every now and then he comes across something in the art world that either does or doesn’t meet his approval.
So What’s Wrong With Art? According to ChatGPT

What's Wrong With Art? According to ChatGPT
What’s Wrong With Art? According to ChatGPT

This week I’ve decided that, rather than me railing against the art world, I’ll let an artificial intelligence bot – ChatGPT – tell me what’s wrong with art. Here’s a list of answers it gave, and they are all broadly sensible – though I’m not worried about it replacing me just yet. Though I’m sure it will improve over time, and maybe then I should be worried.

Question 1: What’s wrong with contemporary art?

Answer 1

There is no inherent problem with contemporary art. The definition of art is subjective, and some people may not appreciate or understand certain styles or forms of contemporary art. However, many people find contemporary art to be valuable, thought-provoking, and important for exploring new ideas and perspectives. Ultimately, what is considered to be “good” or “bad” art is a matter of personal opinion.

Answer 2:

As a language model AI I don’t have personal opinions but here is a general view:

  • Lack of originality: Many contemporary artists are accused of producing work that lacks originality and is simply a copy of previous styles or movements.
  • Commercialization: Contemporary art has become more focused on the market and financial gain, leading to a loss of creativity and experimentation.
  • Inaccessibility: Contemporary art can often be confusing, abstract and difficult to understand, which makes it inaccessible to many people.
  • Unjustified high prices: Contemporary art prices have skyrocketed in recent years, leading to criticism that some works are overpriced and not worth their asking price.
  • Value: The value of contemporary art is subjective and open to interpretation, leading to disagreements about its merit and worth.

However, it’s worth noting that not everyone agrees with these criticisms and that contemporary art is widely appreciated and valued by many people.

Question 2: How could contemporary art be improved?

Contemporary art can be improved by:

  • Encouraging diversity and inclusiveness in representation and perspectives.
  • Fostering experimentation and innovation in techniques and materials.
  • Providing more opportunities for underrepresented artists.
  • Establishing more collaboration between artists, curators, and the public.
  • Promoting critical engagement and dialogue through exhibitions and discussions.

Question 3: What are the biggest barriers making art inaccessible?

  1. Financial barriers: cost of materials, tuition, and lack of funding for artists and institutions.
  2. Physical barriers: lack of accessible facilities and transportation.
  3. Social barriers: lack of diversity, discrimination and prejudice based on race, gender, sexuality, etc.
  4. Education barriers: lack of art education and lack of art exposure.
  5. Technological barriers: limited access to technology for digital art creation and display.

What’s Wrong with Art According to ChatGPT

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Image sourced from Wikimedia under Creative Commons licence.




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