Formalism and Its Discontents

Perl, Jed
September 2005
New Republic;9/12/2005, Vol. 233 Issue 11, p29
Presents the author's views on the decrease in importance of formalism and formalist ideals in the art world. Author's view that disaffection and disgust has become an insider's badge of honor and that nearly everyone is bemoaning the corruption of the art establishment; Review of a column on the issue by Jerry Saltz in "The Village Voice"; Discussion and analysis of the work of R. B. Kitaj; Review of the writings of various art critics, including Clement Greenberg; View that what is troubling about the widespread complaints regarding the current state of the art world is that they almost exclusively focus on the social mechanisms of art; Discussion of what the author views to be a failure of aesthetics in the art world.


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