March 2, 2003 - Artforum - Artforum celebrates its fortieth anniversary
March 2, 2003

Artforum celebrates its fortieth anniversary

Artforum celebrates its fortieth anniversary

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The first ever–issue of two dedicated to the legacy of the “demon decade.”
One hundred contributors in more than 280 pages provide a first draft of the
art history of the ’80s–from Kiefer to Koons, from the Three Cs
to 3 Teens Kill 4.

In March: “’80s Then/’80s Again”–16 interviews with the
artists who make ’80s history: From Jeff Wall and David Salle to Cindy Sherman and
Francesco Clemente, key artists from throughout the decade recall the
period in their own words. And 15 younger artists, including Gregory
Crewdson, Gabriel Orozco, John Currin, and Fischerspooner, talk to
“Our money was spent on our time experiment. Not to play in the fabulous ’80s art
world. We could give a shit about the ’80s. We were interested in 1925.
We were interested in 1850.”–”’80s Then: McDermott and McGough Talk to
Bob Nickas”

“Writing the ’80s” looks back on the decade as it unfolded in the
articles and essays of those chronicling it. Scott Rothkopf investigates the
snapshots of the period’s writing. James Meyer remembers the influential work of
critic Craig Owens, whose collection of slides fell to Meyer after
Owens’s death. And Matthew Higgs discusses the alternative magazines of the
decad–ZG, Real Life, Effects, and Wedge–which he discovered as a teenager in
a London bookshop. “Rene was on a first-name basis with
‘Jean-Michel,’‘Julian,’ and ‘Brice,’ and he called paintings
‘pictures’ in the old-fashioned, aristocratic manner, not the newly theoretical
one.”–Scott Rothkopf on Rene Ricard

Also in March: David Rimanelli and 12 others focus on all the big events
from the first half of the decade. From ABC No Rio’s “Real Estate
Show” (Jan. 1980) through Ross Bleckner at Nature Morte (Dec. 1985),
Rimanelli’s “Time Capsules” offers a point-by-point chronology of the
early-’80s art world. And in “Milestones,” contributors from Peter Schjeldahl and
Robert Rosenblum to Richard Prince and David Robbins look back on the
decade’s highlights–Blade Runner and Wigstock, the World of Video and
Scritti Politti’s “Jacques Derrida.”

Plus: Alexi Worth unearths the vanished impresario Christian Leigh; Tom
Holert looks at the tribal ’80s; Daniel Birnbaum on the rise of
the Cologne art scene; Gregg Bordowitz on AIDS, activism, and guerrilla
filmmaking; Andrew Ross on sampling; and “The Mourning After,” a
roundtable revisiting the Death of Painting.

Subscribe today and receive both parts of our fortieth-anniversary look
at the ’80s, at our special anniversary rate. Visit us at


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