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EDITOR'S LETTER

Ida Panicelli

Last summer in the country, some friends and I began to play a game: we asked each other to list what we considered the wonders of the contemporary world. Our combined roster soon grew large and various, with choices ranging from works of architecture to the flights of astronauts, from the spectacle of the mass media to the accomplishments of science, from the “miracles” that modern medicine has worked on the body to out-of-body experiences. From this game, which proved so stimulating and surprising, I began to question the concept of wonder itself, a concept, it seemed to me, that embraces both ancient beliefs and contemporary speculations.

Growing more and more passionate about this idea, I asked two regular contributors to Artforum, Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill, to begin an article about it. Soon we decided that the subject was rich enough to warrant exploration from many angles. For is

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