Criticism was not anything that Dali was unfamiliar with. When one is as controversial as Dali, it is not unusual for the critics to question the incentives behind one’s art. Together, Dali and I were able to manipulate the media for spotlight on the art, as well as Dali himself, and were able to make Dali a household name. Knowledge of how to work with the press is essential to making one’s name known around the globe, especially in today’s well-versed internet world. Jeff Koons, a contemporary “neo-pop” artist, holds the same feelings.
“I believe in advertising and media completely. My art and my personal life are based in it. I think that the art world would probably be a tremendous reservoir for everybody involved in advertising” he once said. I could not agree more! Fame comes from being known for your excellence, my dear readers! Dali was often commissioned for all sorts of public works, and that in turn brought more publicity for his art. Critics hated the commercial uses for Dali’s art, but who really listens to them? Jeff Koons has also been criticized for being too “commercial,” yet look at his success. His modern works are whimsical and fun, and have even broken records at auction houses. I certainly commend this young man for his fabulous success, and hope to be able to see his art soon!