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Right. I agree that popularity doesn't measure artistic value. If it did, lady gaga and britany spears would be heralded into the next century along with bartok, bach, coltrane, etc. Anyone with a modicum of understanding about music/art knows that gaga and spears are just pop fads.
But who makes the call? The aforementioned cats in the french cafe? The staff at the art museum? I once saw an exhibit in the SFMOCA of blank canvases. Each canvas had slightly different lighting. People were actually visiting the museum to see this exhibit. The fact that it was picked out by a group of alleged experts validate it? I think not.
The only true measure of an artists worth is by a panel of true experts in the field. And I don't mean art critics. I'm talking about the best artists in that particular field. But then, who determines who they are?
It's a recursive problem and IMO, it can't be solved, nor can the argument be won. There is always someone who claims that lady gaga is a brilliant musician and performance artist.