In his book After Art, David Joselit, Carnegie Professor in Art History at Yale, OCTOBER editor, and critic for Artforum and Art in America purports to examine art production today, so as to reflect on how works of art emerge from our condition of image overload. In Joselit’s view, the modern period — in which individual artists commandeered the intervention of the image — is a small glitch in history, preceded by an era of classical pre-modern image icons and swiftly outflanked by our current flood of unpreserved art images that have little power in their own right. With this I can readily agree, while radically differing with his inferred assumption that art that plays out nihilistic negativity by intensifying its forces into an affirmative nihilism is no longer possible to see because it loses its connections. To endeavor to convince us, he attempted to define the shift in the status of art under the pressure of digital technology while avoiding, or remaining unaware of, the historical record of digital art — the very history of artists working from within the belly of the beast.
Read the entire published essay here at Hyperallergic : David Joselit’s Digital Art Problem : http://hyperallergic.com/79749/whither-art-david-joselits-digital-art-problem/