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PRINT March 1992

Editor's Letter

Ida Panicelli

WE ALL SAW how inventively the art business of the ’80s fetishized the object as a commodity, taking a familiar process, and familiar prices, to ever more airy heights. We now are witnessing what may in part be a reaction: a new attention to the artist as subject, as the central agent in the activity of art, the driving force in the entire system. Yet how can we reclaim the artist as the art world’s key protagonist without falling into a regressive form of subjectivity, the artist-genius syndrome? And given this danger, should the artist accentuate his or her presence or practice a sort of invisibility, choose centrality or marginality, enter the discourse in the first person or efface the ego in anonymity? These questions obviously have more than one answer.

In this issue of Artforum we tackle the concept of identity. We know that the system is composed of subjects who practice, embody,

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