Enough already! Why is it that every publication, online site, and random blog with delusions of grandeur thinks that creating a list of something is the way to go? The latest offender is The Times and their list of the greatest artists of the 20th century. I don't necessarily have a beef with any of the artists on the list, or even what order they're in, but it's really meaningless, is it not? I would put Frida Kahlo at the top, but what is that worth? How do you compare Monet and Jeff Koons anyway? I'm actually laughing to myself right now because I despise Koons' work. It's just so vapid without even a bare whiff of irony about its own vapidity. Totally worthless, imo.
And therein lies the rub. Art is subjective, all opinion, so what value does a list of great artists really hold? None, and yet I scoured the list seeing if artists that I admire were included (yes and no). So what does that say about me? I'm scrutinizing something that I don't respect in the hopes that some of my personal choices will be included and then somehow I'm validated in my opinions and tastes!