pangtongfan, I know it's just the French, but are you still confident about Federer winning Wimbledon, when he can't get past the 4th round in the French Open (not to mention, he was out in the 2nd round last year at Wimbledon).
I don't remember if I commented on this previously but two things came to mind when I saw the thread title. No, the art and flow and grace aren't gone. Firstly, many of us will see grace and flow in different skaters and teams, and secondly we don't always want just grace, although it helps if there's some sort of flow no matter what type of skating is beings shown.
I started watching skating regularly again back in March 2012 when I saw Yulia skating to R&J at the 2012 Junior Worlds. To me her skating is pure art and grace and flow wonderfully. although maybe not last year when she was struggling a bit with jumps. Comments I've read about not finishing movements off or holding them make zero sense to me because all I see is skating that flows so smoothly and effortlessly that her programs seem like they've passed too quickly and you want to see her skate for another ten minutes. Tessa & Scott are so graceful and Stéphane Lambiel is the epitome of grace in men's skating. (Most would agree with these two examples, I think.) Also I like watching Eric & Meagan, and I think they are very graceful, even though I have read many comments on here critiquing phantom things (to me, at least) such as line and extension. I don't see those at all, all I see is art and grace. So I think that there is always art and flow and grace in all skating it's just not always done in a way we individually appreciate.
^Wow, your definition of grace is really all over the place.
Hindsight always wears rose-colored glasses. You left out innumerable programs that substituted facial theatrics and Uber! Drama! for technical skill and fine choreography. And frankly, there's more than one kind of dance.
And trust me, as someone who spent a small fortune seeing dance companies over the years (NYC is one of the great cities in the world for dance), I've seen some lifts in programs that can rival the most acrobatic lifts in ID AND Pairs.
But hey, de gustibus non est disputandum.