From one of Matt Collings's 'Diary' columns, c. 2007:
"Ideas are the false idols of current fashion in art. They exist so people in art circles can feel comfortable with political issues they don't really believe in, to make up for feeling uncomfortable with art. Art bores them but they don't realize it. [...]The first part gave me a part-shudder/part-chuckle of recognition, if only because it describes about 2/3s of my grad-school art history professors.
"With the usual shallow market art you know exactly where you are. You know it's elitist and decadent. The pain is for the outsiders who don't understand, unless they're rich outsiders who can be pseudoinsiders by paying -- they can skip the 'understanding' square on the board and go straight to 'feel good about yourself,' maybe even pick up a 'boss everyone else around' card on the way."