PRINT December 1999

Editor's Note

Jack Bankowsky

Enough About You

It must be something about round calendar numbers. Over the past ten years I've kept my editorial cards pretty close to my chest, but as we prepared this special issue of the '90s—a period that happens to line up neatly with my tenure at Artforum—I couldn't resist throwing my lot in with our thirty-plus contributors and conducting my own desk-chair tour of the decade. After all, everyone knows all critics want to be artists, and all editors, writers . . . Now there's a mea culpa for the guilty-me decade.

1. We're Not Worthy

As long as we're indulging in parsing the decade's art and culture into tidy ten-point hit parades, I'll confess that, for me, the '90s became the '90s when the PR-perfect '80s turned abject. The “loser thing” (the phrase comes from Rhonda Lieberman's article in the September 1992 issue, my first as editor) seemed to happen everywhere and all at once:

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