The Easel

Contemporary Art Not Really Avant Garde Just Truly Irrational

During August, when the art world is at its slowest, a longtime critic vents his pessimism. Are artists truly radical anymore? Have the main protagonists all been “captured” – museums chasing big audiences, dealers and auction houses chasing big deals and artist chasing bigger personal profiles? “[T]he great age of radical re-invention, both of what was seen and also of ways of seeing it, has come to an end”.