PRINT September 1991

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

Is there a life after post-Modernism? We sense that a new discourse is in the making. But responding to the vast body of information and ideas now emerging about non-European-derived cultures, and about subjects that until recently had little or no access to the so-called mainstream of art, is a difficult task. It demands that we question not only the dichotomies of center and periphery, colonizer and colonized, but finally identity itself.

In this issue Robert Farris Thompson, in his analysis of the current exhibition “Africa Explores,” reclaims the black and Latino influences in Modernism, and discusses the 20th-century art of Africa. And Luke Gibbons presents the symptomatic case of Ireland, a nation at the margins of Europe, on the occasion of the opening of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Massimo Carboni argues that in both European and non-Western cultures, ornament and decoration have

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