PRINT February 1988

Arthur Danto


IS: Now, how should we begin? Should we explain to Arthur all the different reasons why we want to do an issue on age, with all the many ways one can take the word—from art history, to contemporary art, to ourselves, to our sense of this age—or shall we just throw the word like a ball in the air?

AD: Why don’t we just throw the ball in the air and then if it doesn’t work you can tell me what the rules are.


LS: Age.

AD: I don’t know whether it’s true or false but whenever anybody lives, they assume they’re living in an age of X, in which case we have a question of asking, Which age is the age we live in, but I suppose that you can really question that premise.

IS: See, in a way that’s why I wanted to do this issue. If we could show how the definition of age has loosened, we could loosen the sense of things becoming obsolete. We could discuss modes of time

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