Jed Perl of the New Republic has authored a nice rant against the above mentioned “artists,” (you see, I used quotes) and others, in a piece covering their recent shows as well as the architecture of several new museums.
It’s like he took the words right out of my mouth. Referring to Murakami, he writes:
You cannot possibly understand what a safe haven for frauds and con artists the art world has become until you have walked into this trickster’s trap.
Those of us who are outraged that Koons and Hirst and Murakami now take up so much space in our museums are not angered by their work. We are angered by the significance that arts professionals are attaching to this work. There is no art here to enrage me–or to engage me, either.
And he goes on, decrying this dismal state of affairs. I don’t expect anything will change, but it’s good to know that people are trying.