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If Only Art Lovers Were as Diligent as Sports Fans

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If Only Art Lovers Were as Diligent as Sports Fans By RALPH NADER and LG WILLIAMS Whenever I hear sports fans on talk radio or personally chat with people about sports both Spectator and participatory galleries the depth and breadth of the conversations are not surprising. As a teenager fan, I knew the batting averages of half the players in the American League. It is the American way. This mental diligence does not carry over, by and large, into their role as Art Lovers. Compare the differences. 1. Sports fans do their homework. They know the statistics of the players and teams are deeply involved in analyzing strategies and tactics on the playing filed. To them the playing field is a study not a hunch or knee jerk reaction. The looks, smiles, big salaries and rhetoric of the players mean nothing unless they are based on performance. Fans also look forward, thinking about foreseeing and forestalling their opposing team's adjustments and responses. The same cannot be said about most Art Lovers. Half of them do not even know the name of their favorite artists. Half of them do not even come to the gallery on reception day to support the artist. 2. Fans hold the hierarchy responsible from the players to referees (umpires), to the coaches, managers and owners. Art Lovers, on the other hand, have allowed top down forms of no-fault artistic accountability. This is true even when artists are not properly included or art biennials are rigged. Art Directors, Curators and Gallery Dealers are rarely held accountable for their most series boondoggles, failures or wrongheaded art purchases. Smiles and rhetoric go a long way on the likeability index in contrast to studying their actual artistic accomplishments. Artistic accomplishment and records recede into the dark mists while the propaganda materials of the art dealers shine in the bright lights. 3. Fans analyze reasons for defeat or victory not just on what happened in the ninth inning or in the last two minutes of the final quarter. They understand that the seeds of winning or losing are planted throughout the year. More information at www.lgwilliams.com LG WILLIAMS received his M.F.A from the University of California, Davis and B.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute. He also holds an honorary Ph.D. from ISSA, Cedar Rapids, IA. Williams has taught art, art history and art appreciation courses at the University of California-Davis, University of Southern California, California College of the Arts, and the University of Hawaii, to name a few. Author of many books and publications on art, art criticism, and poetry, Williams has appeared in Modern Painters, Juxtapoz, Artweek, Art Papers, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Bulletin, Sacramento Bee, LA Weekly, Maui Weekly, SF Weekly, and The Bay Guardian. Williams’s recent curatorial projects include Wally Hedrick’s, War Room, at the San Francisco International Art Fair. His most recent book, Drawing Upon Art: A Workbook for Gardner's Art Through the Ages (Cengage Publishing), was published January 2009. LG Williams is also an established visual artist with an extensive national and international exhibition schedule. His works have been shown at various venues, among them the Lance Fung Gallery, Steven Wirtz Gallery, Gallery Subversive, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, di Rosa Art Preserve, and Lucerne Kuntzpanaorama. His artworks are featured in many important museums and private collections. According to Kenneth Baker, an art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle: “Williams wants to hold open a space in which painting might resume in earnest.” Three catalogue raisonées are devoted to the artist: Point of No Return: LG Williams, 2003–2005; LARGE: LG Williams, 2002-2003; and LG Williams: An Appreciation, 1985-2000. His most recent work is the House Where The Bottom Fell Out, Iao Valley, Maui; 2008. Williams has won many awards, among them, Award of Excellence by The State of California, was
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  November 15, 2004 Tolerating a No Fault Artistic Accountability If Only Art Lovers Were asDiligent as Sports Fans By RALPH NADER and LG WILLIAMS W henever I hear sports fans on talk radio or personally chat with people aboutsports the depth and breadth of the conversations are not surprising. As a teenagerfan, I knew the batting averages of  half the players in the American League. It is the American way.This mental diligence does not carry over, by and large, into their role as Art Lovers.Compare the differences.1. Sports fans do their homework. They know the statistics of the players and teamsare deeply involved in analyzing strategies and tactics on the playing filed. To themthe playing field is a study not a hunch or knee jerk reaction. The looks, smiles, bigsalaries and rhetoric of the players mean nothing unless they are based onperformance. Fans also look forward, thinking about foreseeing and forestalling theiropposing team's adjustments and responses.The same cannot be said about most Art Lovers. Half of them do not even know thename of their favorite artists. Half of them do not even come to the gallery onreception day to support the artist.2. Fans hold the hierarchy responsible from the players to referees (umpires), to thecoaches, managers and owners.Art Lovers, on the other hand, have allowed top down forms of no-fault artisticaccountability. This is true even when artists are not properly included or artbiennials are rigged. Art Directors, Curators and Gallery Dealers are rarely heldaccountable for their most series boondoggles, failures or wrongheaded artpurchases. Smiles and rhetoric go a long way on the likeability index in contrast tostudying their actual artistic accomplishments. Artistic accomplishment and recordsrecede into the dark mists while the propaganda materials of the art dealers shine inthe bright lights.3. Fans analyze reasons for defeat or victory not just on what happened in the ninthinning or in the last two minutes of the final quarter. They understand that the seedsof winning or losing are planted throughout the year.  LG WILLIAMS How To Explain Great Art in The Age of Sports ( Mona Lisa ) 2005, 30” x 50”, Mixed Media on Canvas Copyright © 2004 LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams. All Rights Reserved.  Art Lovers just look at the pictures and then move on to the next. As a result, theymiss the dynamics and fail to understand what are the influential factors. Focusingon the latter has led some art lovers to conclude that Phillip Pearlstein is better thanDavid Hollowell. What a joke!4. Fans evaluate the dual performance of the teams offensive and defensive. Theyknow that both who made it happen and who let it happen are keys to grasping thegallery. They know when a team beats itself.Art Lovers almost always focus on the politics or gender of the artist -- or which artdealer proposed the purchase or exhibition. Rarely do they criticize their favoritedealer for not stopping bad artists show their bad art.5. Fans understand that chronically losing teams need different players andmanagers. Beyond just booing loudly at their home team, they have many specificideas about replacements and which positions need fresh talent.Art Lovers, many of whom are on automatic because they are hereditaryDuchampian or hereditary Anti-Duchampian (Traditionalists), seem resigned to thesame art year after year. After ten years of bad art Art Lovers still meekly go to thegallery’s and museums sensing they are there to see the least worst choices. Insteadof asking why not the best? Art Lovers too often appear resigned, not demandingnew gallery curators, new artists and new artwork.6. Sports fans complain loudly, and engage in robust arguments with opposing fans.They have a long memory. I know because my small Connecticut hometown wassplit down the middle Red Sox fans on one side and Yankee fans on the other. TheRed Sox fans never let us forget that their team gave the Yankees their best earlyplayers, including Babe Ruth.Except for one or two fervent issues, Art Lovers tend to give artists a free ride aboutart that may affect them adversely in their daily lives and dreams of a better art fortheir children. Single-issue Art Lovers are easily captured by artists who supportthem on some trendy issue and are allowed to escape accountability for dozens of other poor decisions.7. Fans are never satisfied, observe Yankee fans for example, but Art Lovers settlefor very little and let their expectation levels run down year by year. Their cynicismmakes them say that they're not turned on by the same art year-after-year which iswhy art has been making them very disagreeable. And the golden rule of this brandof art becomes he who has the gold rules. One thing is for certain. If Art Lovers were as serious about art as they are aboutsports they, as taxpayers, would not be visiting museums and galleries that shouldbe paid for by private capitalists and the wealthy art dealers.  LG WILLIAMS How To Explain Great Art in The Age of Sports (  Picasso ) 2005, 48 ” x 48 ”, Mixed Media on Canvas Copyright © 2004 LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams. All Rights Reserved.
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