We posed this and the other four key Great British Art Debate questions to our keen debate fiends over on facebook. Here are some of their thoughts:
When you say it like this it sounds like popularity is bad. Is that bad, and if so why? There’s been this idea for a long time that art shouldn’t be the same as television and pop music. Those things are too easy to digest whereas art is meant to be difficult, because if it’s difficult it forces you to think. Art should make us think, but is there a danger that it becomes inaccessible? Can art be both accessible and challenging?
– AB, Facebook
It’s very true – and quite sad – that most people don’t have a favourite artist. Art has traditionally been more obscured than other media; it’s a far easier thing for an artist to be seen as a sellout by becoming popular/doing too many media appearances than an actor doing the same.
– HF, Facebook
Nope, never can be, never could be. I guess this question leads to the issue of ‘popular art’ as being lesser, inferior to, proper art, which needs to be restricted to a smaller audience. I think the real issue here is about hierarchy rather than numbers – I think there are false values which arise in association with established hierarchies.
– Martin Myrone, Tate Curator
What do you think?