April 2, 2003 - Artforum - Artforum’s ’80s Double Issue: Part Two
April 2, 2003

Artforum’s ’80s Double Issue: Part Two

Artforum's '80s Double Issue: Part Two

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PART TWO OF ARTFORUM ‘S ’80S DOUBLE ISSUE: WRAPPING UP A DECADE THE ART WORLD LOVES TO HATE

“I thought that if painting were dead, then it’s a nice time to start painting. People have been talking about the death of painting for so many years that most of the people are dead now.”–”’80s Then: Julian Schnabel talks to Max Hollein”

“The British were far less encumbered by stipulations of ‘seriousness’ and were therefore capable of seeding themselves into an immeasurably larger public narrative. If Koons had suspended a basketball in a pristine tank, why not an embalmed man-eating shark?”–Thomas Crow in “Marx to Sharks: The Art-Historical ’80s”

Also in this issue: David Rimanelli and nine others focus on events that defined the second half of the decade. From neo-geo at Sonnabend (October 1986) to the death of Keith Haring (February 1990), Rimanelli’s “Time Capsules” offers a point-by-point chronology of the art world as the ’80s wound down. In “Milestones,” contributors including Kirk Varnedoe, Anthony Vidler, Rhonda Lieberman, and Matthew Higgs look back on the decade’s key moments–from David Lynch’s Blue Velvet to the removal of Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc.

Plus: A special project by Raymond Pettibon; Molly Nesbit on New York at the cusp of the decade; Peter Plagens on collecting in the ’80s; Sylvere Lotringer on Semiotext(e); “Thick and Thin,” a roundtable on the “return to painting,” and more.

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