It’s the kind of artist who tells you that you don’t get his work. It’s okay when a critic or even a fan tells you that, but when the artist gropes for such bullshit, it’s the first sign of insecurity.
I’m not promoting artistic humility, an artist has no business being humble, but honestly – just do your thing. However you see fit. Disagree or denounce, but don’t say someone doesn’t get it. It’s not self-confident, self-important or pretentious. It’s weak.