One might ponder, in these times, if anything original is created anymore.

When was the last time you heard an original song that didn’t remind you of a song or sound that you heard years prior?

Recently, I had a debate with a younger friend that the band Green Day wasn’t the originator of their type of sound.

My argument was that had she listened to bands like The Buzzcocks, The Dickies, or Social Distortion, she’d realize that style and sound was not unique to Green Day, who had surfaced a decade later then the aforementioned bands.

When was the last time you saw a fashion collection unveiled which wasn’t reminiscent of someone else’s collection?

Or, how many movie remakes have you seen this year?

Are we all out of ideas? Maybe everything really is a remix.

That’s what one art critic and columnist says.

Meet Jerry Saltz.

In a recent article for New York Magazine appropriately titled “Generation Blank, Saltz discusses his recent trip to the Biennale and his experiences while viewing numerous exhibits.

In the article, Saltz  explains that while there were a few compelling exhibits, “many times over—too many times for comfort” he saw “the same thing, a highly recognizable generic ­institutional style whose manifestations are by now extremely familiar.”

Saltz goes on to explain:

“There’s always conformity in art—fashions come in and out—but such obsessive devotion to a previous generation’s ideals and ideas is very wrong.

It suggests these artists are too much in thrall to their elders, excessively satisfied with an insider’s game of art, not really making their own work. That they are becoming a Lost Generation.”

And Saltz says we should place part of the blame on art schools.

Did you hear that Art Institute, Academy of Art, Parsons, and Pratt?

According to Saltz, you might be responsible for lack of creativity among artists.

Yes, Saltz explains, art schools create an environment where “young members so fetishize the work beloved by their teachers that their work ceases to talk about anything else and instead of enlarging our view of being human, it contains safe rehashing of received ideas about received ideas.”

Do you agree?