Does The Art World Secretly Hate Franco?

James Franco just opened on Broadway in “Of Mice and Men” and just opened a major show at New York’s blue-chip Pace Gallery. According to this article, ‘many art world insiders consider actor/serial dilettante Franco’s work nothing more than a joke, though few will admit that for the record, and even then, elliptically. A paparazzi-magnet, Franco’s presence in myriad exhibitions reflects an insecure art world’s seemingly harmless infatuation with celebrity and hunger for validation.’ I can’t get too worked up about Franco’s acceptance in every cultural field of endeavor. The art world has accepted much bigger frauds over the years than Franco: at least he brings people to galleries who’ve never been before. Maybe they’ll return to see something better.

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