John Michael Colón
JOHN MICHAEL COLÓN is a poet, journalist, and writer based in Brooklyn. He has published work in Prelude, In These Times, and elsewhere.
What’s left of abstraction? Not long ago we were told—most famously by some rambling and snobbish essays of Clement Greenberg’s—that only art which consciously pursued formal innovation could save culture from drowning in mass-market kitsch. As movement gave way to movement, Greenberg insisted, art moved toward increasing abstraction.