Dennis Bellone and Paul Corio have teamed up to discuss the institutional critique and a lively discussion it is. Paul began with an incisive discussion about Carl Andre expanding into a larger critique of Postmodern theoretics. “At this point in history, it is understood that the bricks are art, along with a dazzling array of things that would never be considered as such prior to the twentieth century. Now that the bricks have lost all power to pose difficult questions, all that’s left is the art, and as art, there’s not much to see…”
In a wonderful return post Dennis contends, “The problem inherent in post-modernism is that it is the opposite side of the coin, modernism being the obverse. The coin in fact needs to be jettisoned as it provides inadequate support for the future and in my opinion, the reality of what art is. As an educational tool both sets of theories and those adjacent to it provide an entry point into understanding the development in western culture of arts function and place. Now what is left is art and marketplace economics, and this is not just arts problem, it is a societal illness that pervades every aspect of American culture in particular.”
Earlier this week on Ovation I watched Robert Hughes’ wonderful show “The Mona Lisa Curse.” Now this program could be mistaken for an old man’s rant about the good old days, but it’s far more than that. It is a hard critique of the state of a High Mannerist Age. I highly recommend it, especially the meeting of Hughes and Rosenquist – two old lions telling stories. Fantastic!
More of us are moving into uncharted areas and we’re looking back for foundations rather than for resources and we’re questioning and experimenting with new thoughts about the continuing problem of the Postmodern academy.