Powhida’s Metaphor

…for the art world as high school:

“In terms of the hierarchy, high school is a great metaphor because of the cliques that exist.  The art world is already divided into unknowns, emerging, established, mid-career, international artists, and according to what graduate program you went to, who you’re friends with and your social pedigree.  It’s more like a high-school cafeteria.  

It’s not only freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors; it’s also who are the administrators, the teachers, the custodians…who is the principal?  Someone like Chuck Close seems like the principal of the art world.  Giving his lessons and support to certain people.”