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As visual art becomes more international, ways of writing about art become more uniform. This essay proposes that two disciplines concerned with contemporary visual art, art criticism and art theory, are on the verge of being effectively homogeneous around the world. They share concepts, artists, artworks, institutions, and bibliographic references. For comparison, I consider two other fields that may also be increasingly uniform: studio art instruction and the novel. The last, in particular, is the subject of a large literature; critics and historians debate whether contemporary global novels are becoming more self-similar if not more predictable. The literature on the novel allows me to conclude that it is likely writing on art is following the same tendency.
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Elkins, J. (2018). Are Art Criticism, Art Theory, Art Instruction, and the Novel Global Phenomena?. Journal of World Philosophies, 3(1), 79-92. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/1618