"Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea."
The Frustrated CFO's comment: I am sure we can all agree that nowadays John Ciardi's remark is applicable to all branches of art and visual media. The main reason why so much of the contemporary "art" is nothing more than gimmick-ridden market-trading commodity is because its creators are blinded by their own self-importance. Oh, why this picture? Because mad men like Don Draper over there, coincidentally reading John Ciardi's 1954 translation of Dante's Inferno, also belong to the slew of visual originators whose ideas of what things should look like reshaped and distorted the general public's perception of images, artistic or otherwise.