Has the Public Been Duped by Artists ?

Has the Public Been Duped by Artists ?
Simply put, have artists such as Duchamp or Rauschenberg duped or misled the public into believing what they produced was true art?
I’ll discuss my thoughts on this important issue.

Marcel Duchamp was instrumental in the Cubist & Futurist movements, but was "Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2" (1911-1912) a joke? Can you see a person in the painting? I think probably not.
I have seen this painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and even though I appreciate the movement Duchamp intended, I don’t see the nude.

Robert Rauschenberg is best known for his Pop art.
"Monogram" (1955-1959) is a taxidermy goat with a rubber tire surrounding it.

As Jerry Saltz wrote for artnet magazine, "He [Rauschenberg] is a sort of artistic suicide bomber: a true believer who is unafraid to have his work look cruddy."

Rauschenberg, who died in 2008, went to his grave with the secret code (if there was one).
"Monogram" is said to show nature represented by the goat, and culture with the tire.

Not just because Rauschenberg was a gay man, but I do believe the work had sexual connotations.
Again, the joke is on the public.
Is this true, creative art, or just a cheap joke at our expense?

British artist Damien Hirst displayed sheep in formaldehyde, "Lamb of God" where the animal is literally 'sacrificed' in the name of art, not God.

At times I can appreciate art with a 'tongue in cheek' approach – one only has to see the works by the Surrealists: Dali or Magritte.

Even classical works have allegedly been duplicated: Rodin’s sculptures have been produced posthumously, Michelangelo’s "David" sculpture outside at the Palazzo Vecchio is a copy, and the "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti on the Baptistry in Florence are replicas.

One needs to ask the question in this age of technology "Is it real, or Memorex?"

Enjoy art for art’s sake; don’t necessarily agree with what art critics say about a work of art – develop your own personal opinion.

Warning: tourists should be cautioned not to develop 'hyperkulturemia' – a rare psychosomatic illness that could develop from viewing too much art at one time. Really?

You can own the book, "Michelangelo's David," available here from Amazon.com.

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