*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

Word Up!

I’VE BEEN ASKED to comment on art magazines but my mind keeps wandering toward other things: like magazines in general, and how the commentary that fills them feeds both cultures and subcultures, how they jump-start ideas, how they drench us in taste, how they work an angle, how temporal they are, how soon their current divinities become yesterday’s papers. But I also start thinking about commentary in general, including this comment which you are now reading, or the other comments filling this magazine, or the commentary implicit or explicit in the art and ideas being commented on, and how all this becomes a collected visual and textual discourse that names and defines our cultures and can, in turn, become history. But commentary can also be structural or musical. It can be representational or abstract. It can both gloss and analyze, love and hate, mention and omit. And it tells not only

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