PRINT October 2001


Today, the art of the ’80s sits on a cusp. Too near to be “historical,” the period has receded just enough to afford hindsight review. The following reflections, occasioned by Artists Space’s recent rehanging of Douglas Crimp’s seminal exhibition “Pictures,” inaugurate a new series in these pages devoted to reexamining the unsettled legacy of that era. The remarks of contributing editor DAVID RIMANELLI, whose art-world initiation occurred as the Pictures artists came to full prominence in the mid-’80s, are paired here with the fresh-eyed appraisal of art historian SCOTT ROTHKOPF, born a year before the show’s 1977 opening.