About Arts,Art and Entertainment,Art Today,Artwork,Entertainment NewsFor all of its small-city allure, Traverse City possesses loads of big-city sophistication – thanks largely to its established and thriving arts community. A method of attempting to unravel this drawback was to look beyond the work itself, and focus on the art world: art was that which the establishment of artwork – artists, critics, art historians, and many others – was ready to treat as artwork, and which was made public by the institution, e.g. galleries.

For excellent entertainment I have no argument with $300 million spent on “Avatar.” However it does not come near the aesthetic depth and focus of Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Current.” The point isn’t the amount of money or labor that is invested, it is the nature of the engagement by both artist and viewers.