I would argue that the so called avant-garde has been institutionalized and is in fact the new salon Art.
It is fawned over and promoted by a small circle of critics, curators and art institutions.
Tell me has there ever been a instance in the history of Art where a critic or institution got it right.
Doubtless there were critics who fawned over the academic art of the old salon. Where are they, and the Art they fawned over, gone.
I have no doubt the same fate awaits the new salon.