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Should we judge the quality of artwork based on the conduct of the artist?
Questioning previously held assumptions about artistic quality is the way the arts have always progressed. To place any work beyond the reach of any kind of criticism stifles artistic progress.
Art and its dissemination are consumer driven. If an artist's background is important to the consumer, it should be a part of its evaluation.
Historically, a large amount of significant visual art has been disseminated with little reference to the initial artist. To claim that the art and the artist are inextricable undermines the utility of the art to stand on its own.
This is a false dichotomy fallacy. To say "an artist's conduct is not relevant to the quality of the artwork" is not placing "any work beyond the reach of any kind of criticism."
False dichotomy fallacy