Traditional art galleries and museums with their white walls and lofty ceilings are culprits of creating an inaccessible space for the general public because of the art community’s indulgence and greed. Art history is a long, winding road that contains millions of directions from all over the globe. For the sake of this paper, we are going to focus on what led to the museum as it exists in the western world. Visual art has slowly but surely rejected formal qualities and abstracted itself down to the most basic elements, the most extreme example being in the 1960’s with the minimalism movement. Abstraction is an attractive model for those who would like to add more theory and thought into their work. When there is less visual stimulation, there is more room for the artist and viewer to insert their own thoughts into the work. As a medium, art became more selfish through abstraction; when the only thing placed before a viewer is a white cube or a couple of lines, they’re able to indulge themselves and think whatever they’d like. In Scott McCloud’s book “Understanding Comics”( pictured on the left) he explains how abstracted art, in this case cartoons, becomes more indulgent.
However, in pursuit of provoking thought through abstraction, museums expect more knowledge from their viewer. They expect visitors to know how to think about art and how to interact with it.