Have you noticed all the art in Art magazines like Art News, Art in America and Art Forum is all Formalist , Abstract Art . To rely on whats going on in the Art world today and rely on magazines is absurd . If you scan the internet you will find thousands and thousands of outstanding figurative artists , worldwide that are totally ignored by galleries, museum and art magazine.
Recently major supporter of abstractionists the Gagosian Gallery New York City featured a Figuative artist , Richard Philiips Gagosian is known to feature and represent blank sheet of steel artist, Richard Serra . Is Gagosian exhibiting a figurative artist, a crack in the ice like after the French impressionists exhibited and defied the French Salon !