If you have ever wondered whether much of what is today described as modern art was a fraud you might find the following quote from Picasso illuminating to say the least:
“Today, as you know, I am famous, I am rich. But when I am alone with myself, I haven’t the courage to consider myself an artist in the ancient sense of the word. Great painters are people like Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya. I am only a public entertainer who has understood the times and has exploited as best he could the imbecility, the vanity and the greed of his contemporaries. Mine is a bitter confession, more painful than might seem, but it has the merit of being sincere.”
Whether, generally speaking, modern art reflects the substance and values inherent in contemporary society is something for the reader to decide.