Why We Hate Modern Art
Katherine Conaway

I will try to explain my view on modern art, because after conversing with others about it, mine seems to be a popular opinion.

I have no problem with people experimenting and exploring. Everybody should do this, as an exercise to the mind. But I do have a problem when these experimentations, exercises, are hailed as masterpieces.

Why don’t we publish writers’ brainstorming pages, or silly little scenarios that they make up just for fun? They are exploring too, and I’m sure you could cite a similar kind of envy for their creativity.

Why don’t we value videos of athletes just working out? Nobody pays thousands of dollars to watch a potential olympian run on a treadmill for three hours.

And why don’t we want to read the outlines and drafts of a future speech? The speaker is obviously experimenting with meaningful content.

I don’t like observing exploration without a product. Exploration is a means to an end, a private step on the road to a great masterpiece. I might like to see the artist incorporate their explorations into a more concrete composition, like a representational painting composed of the colors the artist explored earlier. But I do not like modern art because it seems to be mere exploration, with no aim to show for it.

If the artist will not attempt to express their findings in an appealing way, why should I care?