Last month the New York Times ran an article about art school critiques, interwoven with scenes from Art School Confidential. Believe it or not, the picture above is not from some Hollywood parody of the art world, but from a real-life (Yale, no less) MFA crit.
The blogsphere (Art Fag City edward_winkleman) bemoaned the film's send up of the art world. I found that to be the best part of a rather schlocky movie, with holes in the plot big enough to toss a Richard Serra through.
What I find most interesting is that in tandem with the pulling of hair, gnashing of teeth, and beating of breasts, comes the shoulds and oughts of art school education, best articulated by Art Soldier:
This is in response to ArtInfo's new practice of featuring student work.
Of course, if art students are given time and space and space to experiment, you run the risk of them creating the only thing more hermetic and ripe for parody than 'art about art:'
and that's art about art school.