Art: Upending the New German Chic

Neoexpressionism enters the flophouse of late modernity

The art market used to need movements, isms, to kick it along—to make art seem to be going somewhere, so that by collecting it one rode the train of history. Not any more. Today nationality is enough. Dealers who made fortunes in the '60s and '70s stuffing American art down European throats are now selling Europeans to Americans; beneath all the excited talk of how American cultural imperialism has at last been rejected, and how national artists in Germany or Italy dominate the cultural horizon, the same...

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