Once upon a time, people knew what art was.
They valued art for the emotions it invoked in them, and even
if they didn't like or understand a particular piece they
could generally understand why it existed.
That world has, alas, largely been replaced by the contemporary
The situation is such that less than a dozen New York curators,
dealers, and reviewers now tell us what art is, and that we are
fools if we do not agree with them.
Art has, in short, been overtaken by marketing and a clique
who continually tell us how beautiful the emperor's new clothes
After all, in order for there to be an "inside"
there has to be an "outside".
As a result, much of what passes for art nowadays lacks a soul.
It says nothing to us because it has nothing to say.
It does not arouse any emotions other than outrage directed
at the fraud the artist, dealer, or curator is trying to
perpetrate upon us.
These works are not something we would want to look at for the
next fifteen minutes, let alone the next fifteen years.
Contemporary art often appears to be nothing more than the
physical embodiment of the artist's misery at a total
lack of inspiration, creativity, and, yes, basic talent.
The question we have upon seeing most contemporary art is,
to be blunt, "who cares about this?"
That's why we started this gallery.
We wanted to present artwork that needs no snake-oil sales
pitch, that is affordable without a trust fund, and that
inspires emotion when it is seen on a daily basis at home
or in the office.
If the art on our Website speaks to you, please contact us.
This Website is very much a work in progress, and we will be
adding other artists as soon as we can bring their work online.
Inquiries from individual collectors and other galleries are welcomed.
Jonathan A. Chandross
info a-t ChandrossGallery.com