Does (can) Art stand on it's own? Should (can) a viewer objectively judge whether or not they like a work of Art independent of any bias re. the identity and personalty of the Artist?
e.g. Can you like art created by an artist you dislike?
This inquiry is not meant to be directed "personally" in any way. I am motivated by a more pressing issue to my mind... does and can Art generally stand on its own in the eye of the viewers (or society) ... or does it lean (and perhaps heavily) on the "persona" of its creator.
For example, suppose someone dislikes an Artist and professes to dislike all their works. Now, had they seen that artist's work in the absence of any indication that the artwork was by him, and in the absence of any indication of the personality, philosophy, or disposition of the artist, is it safe to say they would actually dislike them all (notwithstanding that they would claim so in any case)?
I'm trying to work out:
How does (can?) a viewer independently judge art? Does the identity, personality, philosophy, motivation, "likability" or politics of the Artist matter at all? Does the opinion of the person standing next to viewer, or the prevailing opinion of the "experts", specifically about the Artist as a person, matter one iota?
Can a person say "I like that art" without any entanglements in any ideas about the personality behind it's creation? Can an artist succeed by creation of great art or does he/she need to "be" what is expected, accepted, liked, or desired etc. in the "persona" of an artist?
How much is art, or has art been, (or perhaps always been)... "social media".
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