Everybody must read this review of Hal Foster's latest book on the various cliches that a lot of art has become
. Every decade or so the art world starts to purge prevailing strategies which have become a kind of pantomime of themselves... we are at one of those "correction" moments in art history.
This little bit of art writing is too generous for the overly precious, research based cliches it reviews but it is good that it points out the problem
. Basically if you want to make cliched contemporary art simply do some research, then present in the center of a clean white room in a precious way. Let's look at the takeaway vocabulary as a synopsis: hermetic, intersubjective communication, suppressed. Hermetic an intersubjective communication cancel each other out, leaving suppression as aform of formal presentation the end result. It is basically the way this type of work is placed that is the primary information of the installation... it say I have institutional carte blanche
to present this glittery contemporary art postcard in a blank room. It is festival art 101, contemporary art as souvenir. (Thanks to Matthew Collings who brought this to my attention)
Yes,looking at art makes you smarter
... but I'm pretty sure that reading a lot of art writing handed out at the venues will challenge your tolerance for cliched thinking.
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