Sunday Dec 05, 2004
As art critic Hilton Kramer sees it:
“I think we’re all aware of the catastrophe—not only an aesthetic catastrophe but a moral and ethical catastrophe—that’s overtaken the art institutions and the teaching of art.”
“One of the principal results of this catastrophe has been the transformation of the art museum in the last 30 years or so into a politically activist institution, ideologically bound to the worst new developments and leftist cultural criticism—that whole array of idiocies that goes under the name of post-modernism.
“So let me say here, there is no such thing as postmodernism, it’s all warmed-over Marxism, deconstruction, and other varieties of nihilism. Postmodernism is an ideological construction that allows the substitution of political, sexual, all kinds of other ideas, for esthetic standards.
“The museums, the art history departments, the art studio departments in the universities, the media, all have surrendered to this juggernaut.”»