New World, New Art

The Chronicle Review asked scholars: “What will be the defining idea of the coming decade, and why?”

In his response, “New World, New Art,”┬áJames Elkins predicts:

Within 10 years, art history and art theory will lose their grip on contemporary art….

My hope is that the celebratory mood of the new art and scholarship will not obscure the fact that the new art, which seems too much fun to resist, is deeply problematic. No one knows what contemporary international art expresses, or how best to interpret it.