If you want to be a successful artist in today’s world, that is, if you want to be a famous artist and to sell your work, it seems to me that, firstly, you must have a lot of cheek but no artistic talent whatsoever. Examples: To be found in most art schools, and amongst most of the Tate Gallery Turner Prize winners.
Or, you must create outlandish anti-art and at the same time sell whatever integrity you may possess to become the slave of curators, dealers, auctioneers, art critics, and others of that ilk. Examples: Jeff and Damien Koons.
Or, you must make exact hand drawn copies of photographs and impress the great mass of the uninformed public who believe that copies of photographic images somehow have something to do with art although they don’t really know what. Examples: Those who belong to the so-called photo/hyper-realist school.
At least the last-named have some technical proficiency… but where do you go after photo/hyper-realism? It’s a dead end art because it leads nowhere. It might almost be regarded as a form of Dadaism… it’s so useless.
In fact, now I come to think of it, perhaps all art is useless, purposeless…
I can’t think of any other options.
Can an artist ignore the world and work in a vacuum?
Practitioners of traditional landscape / marine painting are of course totally out of touch with the reality of the modern world – poor hopeless romantics.
Art in the 21st century world of social media is a complete fuck-up, a mad-house full of insane lunatics wandering the corridors of a labyrinthine asylum.