PRINT October 1987


JUST BEFORE THE the opening of this decade, signs of the past, some blatant and some subtle, started to appear throughout the culture, signs that history and memory were on our minds. And a fin de siècle retrospection began that has taken many turns, and that one might guess will have a complex life until the end of the century, and of the millennium. A lot of young artists working in this spirit have been reacting against the process by which artistic creation has been officially defined and shaped, with all the inconvenient bits lopped off or reconstructed into linear art history. The implicit prohibitions against painting if one wanted to be “avant-garde” in the ’60s and ’70s was an extension of that idea of a clean, linear progress. At the same time that these “ten commandments” opened art up to new fields of exploration, by effectively censoring painting from art they also limited

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