PRINT Summer 1986


The Big Fight.

MODERN LIFE HAS TAKEN an odd turn in the last few years. We are Post-Moderns now. That, anyway, is the claim made by some. Among those declaring the end of Modern times are journalists who use “Post-Modern” to signify their professionalism, their command of current trends and buzzwords. Others are theorists who argue that modern life, modernity, and Modernism are all over, that we’ve entered a new cultural period. These thinkers include certain philosophers, critics, artists, and architects, though it is not always clear what “Post-Modern” means to each. So far it is a nebulous, incoherent notion. It is this vagueness that deserves our attention.

The figure; history as ambiguous metaphor instead of clear moral lesson; unresolvable allegory; the ironies of image appropriation; the fragmentation of perspective; the blurring of boundaries between mediums, and between artist and audience—the

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