Part of the curriculum at the New York Academy of Art requires students to do a bit of writing. I thought I’d take the opportunity to give myself a bit of context on the contemporary art world from a historical perspective. Art really is in a denegrated and marginalized position at the moment. Eric Fischl talks about how this is leading to a sort of visual illiteracy in the general public. Anyhow, while not terribly uplifing reading, I feel it’s pretty fair accounting of how art was viewed 700 years ago and how that view has changed over time. If anyone out there actually does bother to read it, I’d love to hear what you think (even if you disagree).