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EDITOR'S LETTER

The Art/Fashion Thing

WHEN I VISITED Andy Warhol’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1989 and filed my first feature-length article for Artforum, what impressed me as much as the work itself was the great comic spectacle of his museumification as it played itself out in the commentary surrounding the show. In the face of the most contemporary of contemporary artists, both detractors and advocates suddenly turned into 19th-century connoisseurs quibbling over the relative “quality” of the early versus the late work, trying to sort out the “real art” from the dissipated spectacle. At its worst the discussion degenerated into sheer parody: the show’s curator likened the camouflage paintings to Monet’s water lilies and even praised the Maos for their “symphonic complexity.” This isn’t to say there is no “art” in the record the great white specter left of his passage through the last half of this century,

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