To most of the audience for contemporary art, painting, especially abstract painting[the kind I make], seems like "been there, done that." The rebuttal of, "Well, you haven't been quite there where my painting is at, and done quite what my painting is about" seems nit-picky and weak compared to, say, photographs of a big expensive home hanging off a hillside with no sense of support underneath or a video of an artist cutting their flesh to reveal strange colorful growths. Also, notice how the phrase "abstract painting" doesn't quicken your pulse like "artist cutting their flesh" or "hanging off a hillside with no sense of support" do.
We live in an age of branding and catch-phrases. Even the war in Iraq is branded by the television news networks, each with its own graphically designed catch-phrase. Abstract painting doesn't lend itself to branding or catch-phrases (and if it ever did, the brands and catch-phrases have been heard before). That's not a conspiracy; that's just the audience's appetite for novelty--OK, originality if you want--being satisfied. That's the way things are. We painters will just have to "deal", as the kids say.
There is however a quality in being out of the novel or in one's own zone.