As a Florence Academy of Art graduate, I agree with most of your article. However, after a few years away from the academic system, I came to the conclusion that the future of art is not abstract/installations nor is it purely realistic, it has to be a new synthesis of technical skill and current ideas.
The problem with these wonderful workshops and academies is that the knowledge they transmit is so precious that people are afraid to look beyond, to experiment, to play with it. They cling to the “rules”. The idea behind every painting becomes : “Look how well I can paint.”
The technical foundation is just that : a foundation. Then, an artist has to build a temple above it using introspection, experimentation, relationships, travel and personal growth for materials.
Anyone can learn how to draw. Yet, not all trained artists dare to jump in the black hole of true creativity.