Overrated & Underrated Artists 3

Why are some artists overrated, while some are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated artists, and 3 examples of underrated artists, explaining the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe & Jordan McCracken-Foster.

Video Walkthrough

  • Spencer Tunick: art as a public spectacle that piques curiosity.
  • Sheer numbers provides an awe factor in Spencer Tunick’s work.
  • Expectation in fantasy illustration for the style to be realistic and very serious.
  • Artists who go on “automatic pilot” once they find a style that works.
  • Matisse’s transition from painting to collage due to his declining health.
  • Artworks that are subtle and quiet tend to be underrated.
  • Mezzotint is a printmaking technique you don’t see often, and that most people don’t understand.
  • The Mezzotint process is extremely time consuming and difficult.
  • Printmaking in general gets much less attention than painting.
  • Artworks that are visually “loud” tend to attract more attention.
  • Drew Struzan’s style defined movie posters in the 80s and 90s.
  • Visibility of movies is very high.
  • Drew Struzan’s rejected poster for Pan’s Labyrinth poster.
  • Was Drew Struzan trapped by the expectations of the industry?

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