PRINT March 2003

’80s THEN

Ross Bleckner

ROSS BLECKNER: You’ve got your work cut out for you. I’m sure it’s going to be very difficult to extract the kind of memory trace you’re after from all of these artists because everybody will have the same thing to say. They’ll all rail on about decade-ism. They’ll naturally protest the idea that any artist—least of all an artist as interesting as themselves!—could be categorized in such a fake historical way, considering of course that all of these artists are still actually alive and hopefully still productive.

DC: And doing the best work of their careers!

RB: Naturally. [Laughter.]

DC: When I saw the recent “Transavanguardia” show at Castello di Rivoli, what struck me was how retrograde certain approaches to painting now seem. Twenty years later, that stuff, with the exception of Francesco Clemente, is really like a bad memory. When you started out in the early ’80s, your work got lumped

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