A very good article well worth understanding. The Postmodernism being referred to I locate with Greenberg/Duchamp theories which were then codified by the French pseudo-intellectuals to cement them into the leaden mass of dehumanized nothingness that currently characterizes contemporary art.
It’s all over to the point that even the academic who wrote this article is pointing out the obvious. Of course, it’s the academics who both created and maintained this farce for decades. And, of course, now it’s them pointing out what ridiculous charlatanism it all amounts to.
After all, nobody else is allowed to join in the “dialogue” other than the clones who follow Duchamp/Greenbergism, another word for “art for art’s sake.” While the world goes up in smoke, the artist’s devote themselves to meaningless art for art’s sake without bothering to question what art is or even bother to have their own definition of it. Too much thinking involved so they leave it to the pseudo-intellectuals to tell them what to think.
So, since nobody will believe what an artist like myself is writing perhaps this credentialed pseudo-intellectual non-artist will inform you.
And, of course, it needs to be added that the last thing any artist can do of any significance whatsoever is invoke the art of the past by making kitsch copies of Old Masters or kitsch copies of early Modernists like Cezanne or Corot. Are there any choices outside of Pop Kitsch or Nostalgia Art?
Yes. Of course. But it means leaving the herd of bleating sheep behind. It also involves opening your mouth and saying something outside of pressing a like button and copying whatever is the most popular fashion of the day.
It also means looking around at the world capitalism and technology and military weaponry has created and asking yourself if that’s the world you want to align yourself with, because that’s exactly what Contemporary Art and it’s Art for Art’s Sake horse manure is in full service to.