2002 was the first time I encountered the idea that “Criticality in art is a sign of a healthy, thriving civilization.” The idea of centuries past of “validating the rightness” seems to have been replaced with “rip-and-shred about the wrongness.”
I belong to many artist groups because of being a multi-talented artist and mentor. In 2002, before social media, there was a forum for writers and poets that I participated in. A new poet joined the group, posted a poem and requested that the members go easy on her as it was the first time she ever put her poetry on a public forum.
Instead of the group members listening to her wishes, she was attacked mercilessly. I was the only one at first to stand up for her. After several posts and nearly a week, I finally found out that “criticism” was being taught by professors because “if an artist can’t learn to take criticism then he shouldn’t be an artist.”
WRONG – WRONG – WRONG!
Today I read online that “Criticality in art is a sign of a healthy, thriving civilization.” This statement is the complete opposite of the truth.
Here’s the truth:
Validate the Rightness and you will improve the artistic creations of an individual because the more we have artists creating high-quality work, the more it will improve a civilization.