PRINT September 1989


Editors’ Letter

Humani nil a me alienum puto.

(Nothing human is alien to me.)

Terence, ca. 163 B.C.

THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT ART have probably already formed strong opinions on events that absorbed and disturbed the editors of Artforum in June and July, as we prepared this September issue—the assault, in the U.S. Congress and elsewhere, on the prerogative of the National Endowment for the Arts to fund controversial work. (Some of these events are discussed in Gary Indiana’s column “Democracy, Inc.,”) Our readers will also know how things have developed since we went to press; as we write, at the end of July, they are unfolding rapidly. Nonetheless, it is important to Artforum’s editorial staff to state its opposition to the current initiatives, the most aggressive of them being Senator Jesse Helms’ move to bar federal financing of “obscene and indecent art.” Whether or not this amendment is eventually

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