London

“On the Future of Art School”

STORE

In 1993, in an essay reprinted in Frances Stark’s Primer, compiled for the University of Southern California’s recent symposium “On the Future of Art School”—an inspiration for Store’s group show, which included work by Primer contributors Dexter Sinister and Mai Abu ElDahab, among others—Thierry de Duve sketched a pessimistic picture of contemporary art teaching. He argued that it was premised on a poorly understood deconstruction, “a symptom of the disarray of a generation of art teachers who have lived through the [postmodern] crisis of [creative] invention and have never themselves been submitted to the discipline of imitation [of canonical models].” This stance, he warned, risked forcing students into attitudes of postmodern suspicion before they’d yet constructed an artistic culture to deconstruct. A caricature, de Duve admitted; nevertheless, it seemed reborn in one of Chris Evans’s

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