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  1. Introduction
  2. The use of amateurish art
  3. Societal movement to devalue skills in art
  4. Ideas from the book Labor and Monopoly Capitalism
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

The author Dave Beech writes in his article ?Skill in Art? that skill is being devalued by society through several means. Once explaining the extent to which skill has ideological value, the author explains several reasons for this to take place. In as far as art is ideological, Beech states that ?In fact, it would be impossible to imagine significant shift in culture without such a change in the criteria of technical competence? (290). Consider the way in which art used to be valued. In previous centuries, art was valued for the extent to which the individual artist was able to recreate what was seen. The camera claimed supreme ability to recreate reality, and accordingly art took different direction. Taking cues from Duchamp and Warhol, the artist Jeffrey Koons developed a style of art that was completely reliant upon personal skill and instead relied upon reproduction and appropriation. Several reasons for the devaluing of skill in art include the rise of such artists as Koons who intentionally create art that is made without skill.

[...] In considering this, we can see how actual skill in art is held at no value. The people with the skill who were involved with the project were not artists. They simply handled the technical aspects of the creation of the pieces. Ideologically speaking, it is not necessary in any way for the artist to be skilled in any way in order to be successful. Perhaps it is because Koons is unskilled that he is has the success to the extent that he does. [...]

[...] On the contrary, the concepts of botched art and amateurish art should be the focus of artists lacking the skill sets to personally realize their designs. This, of course, is the entire point of artists utilizing methods such as appropriation; it is within the artistic vision that these artists must pursue their final goals, and the desire to incorporate skill into their work simply plays to the idea that artistry should remain within the hands of those with skill. While the devaluing of skill has obviously taken place, we must consider the extent to which this should be considered a good or bad thing. [...]

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