many of the new crop of artists seem to be using the styles and techniques of art in order to make advertisements for themselves.
— Eric Fischl (and Michael Stone), from Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas (p. 308).
the art market had become the art world. It had begun to dictate the fashions of what is good and what is hot, and to promote the idea that there wasn’t any difference between the two. And that change in the way art is valued felt so arbitrary— and yet final. Critics and curators might rail against the system, and artists might continue to make important new art, but the significance of art was now going to be measured by its performance in the market, and any artists who didn’t believe that were deluding themselves. More and more you saw artists— some cynically, some without even realizing it— conform to the insidious dictates of what sells. You began to see more and more art being made that was clever, obsessively well crafted, often a genuine spectacle, and completely devoid of emotional content.
— Eric Fischl (and Michael Stone, Michael), from Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas (Kindle Locations 3949-3955).