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TIME CAPSULES

1986–1990

In this second installment of “Time Capsules,” David Rimanelli picks up where his March look at the first half of the decade left off, tracking the high (and low) points of 1986–90.

JANUARY

Joseph Beuys, the artist/shaman/charlatan—take your pick—dies at age 64.

FEBRUARY

Sturtevant’s “comeback” show opens at White Columns, New York; Eugene Schwartz, the renowned collector of contemporary art, serves as curator. An appropriationist avant la lettre, Sturtevant began making copies after Stella, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, and Warhol in the mid-’60s; Warhol even lent her his screens. She finds a devoted advocate in critic/curator Christian Leigh.

Karen Finley’s Yams Up My Granny’s Ass opens at the Kitchen, New York. In what is perhaps her most notorious routine, Finley assumes the character of a drug addict who tortures and sexually abuses his grandmother on Thanksgiving. She then smears

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