PRINT March 2003

The Architects: Aldo Rossi, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi, et al.

AT THE TURN OF THE ’80S, THE TYPICALLY PAROCHIAL ART press cast a roving eye on popular film, music, and fashion—to name only a few of its lasting fancies. Yet by far the greatest extracurricular infatuation was architecture, garnering numerous reviews and features as well as the covers of Artforum, which showcased a project by SITE in 1982, and Art in America, which featured the recently completed AT&T Building in 1984. Art in America in fact went so far as to launch a monthly series in 1980 introducing readers to luminaries such as Aldo Rossi, Charles Moore, Peter Eisenman, and Michael Graves. While it is a commonplace today that the term “postmodernism” migrated from the criticism of architecture to that of art, the means by which a besotted art press helped enable that transition deserves a second look.

Two art-world developments of the late ’70s paved the way for architecture’s rapid

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