Thursday, September 2, 2010

For a "New World, New Art" // James Elkins predicts what will be the defining idea of the new decade

Over at The Chronicle of Higher Education they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their magazine The Chronicle Review by asking scholars and illustrators to take a crack at answering this question: "What will be the defining idea of the coming decade, and why?" Of the plethora of responses James Elkins, of the Art Institute of Chicago, offers up the one most relevant to our site's concern with his piece entitled "New World, New Art." Is Elkins' essay prophetic or merely conjecture? Only time will tell... -- Leif

Full Essay Here // Excerpt Below

Within 10 years, art history and art theory will lose their grip on contemporary art. The densely euphoric literature of international art, together with the swarming theories of postcolonial studies and visual culture, will swamp many older concerns. The terms of conversation will change.

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