If contemporary art baffles you, if you’ve ever looked at contemporary art and wondered “what’s the point?,” then give sometimes controversial filmmaker John Waters four minutes of your time. He’ll break it down for you in simple, if not crude, terms: “Contemporary art’s job is to wreck whatever came before it. And from the very beginning after the Old Masters, from then on, each generation wrecked that. That something is pretty and beautiful is probably the worst thing that you could say today in contemporary art about something, unless it’s so pretty it’s nauseating.”
This segment is part of a longer Big Think interview (23 minutes) that you can watch in full here.