Aesthetics matter- do the work!

As an artist and a teacher of art, I always want to encourage anyone's efforts because making art is sometimes hard and is definitely a hard way to make a living.  Who I do begrudge though, is those that eschew aesthetics altogether create a pile of trash and slap an incohesive string of artspeak next to it and call it art. I don't understand it and I don't understand why people buy into it- for six figures and more sometimes, that annoys me to no end, it started with Duchamp in the 60s under the title Dada and sadly continues to this day. This article by Roger Kimball hits that nail on the head:

here is an excerpt :

The spirit of Duchamp is such an abiding influence in the art world that we are tempted to forget that Duchamp did not attempt to revolutionize art, he attempted to destroy it. No one was more surprised by the absorption of Dada into the canon of art than Duchamp himself. “I threw the bottle rack and the urinal into their faces as a challenge,” he noted contemptuously, “and now they admire them for their aesthetic beauty.”