It seems like blank canvases at one point in art history were a success, as well other art that is considered terrible today. But it’s already been gotten away with and it seems like there are lots of artists out there still trying to get away with that, although they could just be artist wannabes.
Even though blank canvases don’t fall under my list of good art, I think that if the artist told me more about why s/he made a blank canvas I might come to appreciate it on one level. And it would give me some ideas to give the artist a productive critique rather than continuously saying “no blank canvas, lord what terrible art”. When I was in college I took a course called “Ideas in Art” and I learned at one point that sometimes it’s hard to appreciate a work of art until you know the story and message behind the piece.
Sometimes it also depends on how much of a successful artist you are. Sadly enough there are some successful artists out there that are so well established that they can draw a single lineon a blank sheet of paper and sell it for a million dollars. Maybe that is why I’m coming across so many galleries showing so much awful art. I think the art world would be a better place if most artists would get down to serious business on why they’re artists in the first place. When I was in art school I felt like I was the only one expressing myself in my work while it seemed to me that most of my classmates only cared about getting a passing grade.