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Should we judge the quality of artwork based on the conduct of the artist?
Artists should try to keep private and public selves well separated, so their work can be appreciated purely on its own merit.
An interesting read relevant to this topic is
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
. He makes the claim that art is irrelevant to the artist and how one interprets the art is not on the author. That art should be appreciated or not appreciated without relevance to the author's personal morality, views, etc.
This poses a dilemma because the artist is then forced to be inauthentic towards their creation. In which authenticity is typically what the artist and the viewer is interested in regarding the art.
All works of art are in part of a reflection of an artists private self. Thus, no matter how hard an artist attempts to separate their private self from their public self it is not possible to appreciate a work of art purely on the basis of 'merit'.