Possibly, it was a really snoody modern art exhibit and was full of pretentious crap. One of the exhibits was nothing more than some chick who smeared her menses all over a canvas. Another was a keyboard with it's keys replaced with Legos. While garbage these were the two most memorable things there. Worst $30 I ever spent.
Hey, I get this perspective completely. However, think of it this way; the artists he's referring were ultimately successful. Why? Because they elicited this negativity and got him to ask the classic question; what is art?
About 10 years ago or more. Tate Modern, London's South Bank. The building, the vestibule, was more impressive than the installations. That's when it was confirmed to me that architecture can consume it's contents. Worth ot though.