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*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

Hip to be Square

ALTHOUGH ARTFORUM AFFORDED itself the luxury of a 10th birthday in print, it was too hip to bother with a sweet 16th. But in 1984, actually two years late, the magazine’s third set of owners, including the Englishman Anthony Korner, who remains its principal guardian, celebrated the legal majority of their headstrong ward with the publication, by UMI Research Press, of an anthology titled Looking Critically: 21 Years of Artforum.

The early ’80s had made for an unforgettable adolescence. A new generation of artists had just declared itself, most aggressively, and downtown Manhattan, from the East Village to western TriBeCa, had developed an international reputation for high styles acute new states of mind. Clubs, most famously the Mudd, whose landlord was the painter Ross Bleckner, had become a midnight bazaar for the improper exchange of ideas, energy particles, and other eroticized forms

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