ArtPrize ~OR~ Populism: Good Enough in Practice Maybe Not in Theory?

What happens when you offer up $560,000 in cash prizes, build the world’s largest open entry art competition to the middle of middle America and leave judgment to a public, American Idol style vote?

It’s a little bit good.  It’s a little bit bad. 

But mostly its good way to start an argument over elitism versus populism.

I’m not sure if I just emerged from a three week long carnivalesque subversion of daily social hierarchy or waking up to a sobering morning-after following GR’s annual creative safety valve release.  But now that the crowds are gone, I can’t wait to walk home from work without hearing trash can drums.

More info:

http://www.gq.com/entertainment/art-and-design/201209/artprize-rick-devos?currentPage=1

And if you’re curious, here’s a list of winners:

http://www.mlive.com/artprize/index.ssf/2014/10/artprize_awards_2014_recap.html#incart_maj-story-1

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