The Easel

How Identity Politics Conquered The Art World

Jerry Saltz tries to answer a tough question – what is the defining character of contemporary artistic activity? “After the ’80s, we seem to have lost the reflex to recognize or name new art movements. Art in this era has veered dramatically toward an approach that hasn’t been seen in the West for more than 1,000 years… [Its] a real aesthetic movement – the art of the first person.” (His core argument is at the start of this lengthy article.)