To be a "free-thinker" in a world that does not think presents a few problems. First of all, the world is not thinking; it is taking and taking thoughts of that so as to turn it into money. The harsh reality of economy is a no-brainer. To be a genuine thinker does not, by any means, sell on the first night. So after the 'sail' of the first "cheap-looking" painting is made, one does not want to think that one must think once one has begun personal and private ownership of such and such a piece. Has one begun to think?
A question must be asked. The average security guard next to the 'wonderful painting you have been observing' is taking orders, not giving them. So to ask him a thinking question will only confuse and frustrate him and perhaps after he beats you, will cause you to think. So in the end, the oppressed, those that think, will turn into sheep once their flock is directed in such and such a direction.
Immediate success of such and such an art piece is not decided by the public but by the people deciding whether they should sell and promote the "thing" or not. What if it has no value and they promote it anyway? Perhaps it has no value. But if it can be sold and even then make millions, it must have some value, right?
The dollar sign or the universal money sign is the god of every art dealer. That is my art statement.