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Art or Not Art: Twitter’s Art Decider says goodbye

Twitter’s beloved Art Decider is officially putting an end to its decision of what is and isn’t art. 

On Tuesday, Art Decider announced on Twitter: “I’ve decided that The Art Decider will end today. I see this as a happy occasion since I’m able to end this project on my own terms. Thank you to everyone who supported this account!”. 

For over half a decade, the beloved Twitter account, run by New York actor and writer Michael Tannenbaum, mainly tweeted deciding on whether something was “Art” or “Not art”. Over the years the account became well-loved, gaining over 200,000 followers and even winning a Webby award in 2020.

Tannenbaum said that he started the Art Decider account back in 2015 shortly after finding out that the job he had been working on at a TV show would no longer carry over to its 2nd season. Saddened by the news, he wanted to take his mind off it, and eventually came up with the idea to create Art Decider. 

A lot of people are sad to hear that the Art Decider will no longer be curating people’s works on Twitter. Some have expressed their gratitude to the account for the entertainment and for making their days brighter with kindness and for appreciating and acknowledging their (and/or other people’s) creative efforts. 

Others have also paid tribute to the beloved Twitter account by calling Art Decider “Art.” 

Alongside the farewell and thank you message, Art Decider promotes kindness to the end and encouraged followers to donate to charities like Trans Lifeline, The Innocence Project, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Tannenbaum said that these three charities “represent just a small fraction of the people that deserve to be uplifted, who deserve better treatment online/offline and who these social media companies have continually failed.” He added that said social media companies pay more attention to engagement dollars than protecting their users.

Tannenbaum said that he had fun running the account because he got to experience heartwarming moments. He said, “I have been fortunate to have seen some of the most wonderful pieces of art, the most touching creations and kindness that makes my heart burst.”

Art Decider has inspired many to appreciate even the simple things, and it looks like it will be a positive message that can live on even though the beloved account has bid goodbye. 

Goodbye, Art Decider. You will be missed. 


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