Intoxicating Jibberish


That would be Warholism, as such. And the “Regarding Warhol” show currently being inflicted on [mostly]innocent visitors to the Met is not about the art world per se, but the art market and the our powerlessness at the whims of its savvy. Jed Perl:

Half a century after he became the artist of the moment, Warhol is more with us than ever, now the throwaway with a takeaway in which many see the key to the art of our time as well as the art of the future. Warhol has become his own ism. Warholism is the dominant ism of our day, grounded as it is in the assumption that popular culture trumps all other culture, and that all culture must become popular culture in order to succeed, and that this new high-plus-pop synergy relieves everybody of the responsibility to experience works of art one on one.

You could pick out any number of things on which to construct your finger-temples, this for example:

As for visitors to “Regarding Warhol,” they are given nothing but foregone conclusions—Warholism as a faith in a particular artistic future that eliminates any of the risk-taking involved in individual judgment.

Image: Jimmy Carter, noted not-Warholian.