I have mixed feelings about a brutal piece recently written by Mat Gleason for the HuffPo entitled Ten Most Overrated Los Angeles Art World Stars. What bothered me most was that Gleason took his critical tongue beyond the art and directs his attacks on a personal level. Being overrated (or underrated, for that matter) is not within the control of the artist. Their level of success and presence in the public space is often shaped by the words of critics like Gleason.
Ultimately, though, I am pleased to see that the art at issue is causing a conversation – albeit a scathing one-sided bashing. To me, creating a thought provoking debate is as great of a success as any artist could hope for. That being said, I would much rather see an article covering the 10 Most Underrated Artists in Los Angeles.