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’80s THEN

Haim Steinbach

TIM GRIFFIN: In that famous 1986 Flash Art roundtable, “From Criticism to Complicity,” you distinguished yourself from the “Pictures” generation with respect to your interest in “desire.” How did you mean that?

HAIM STEINBACH: First of all, that panel came out of nowhere. The Flash Art people picked a few artists and set up the symposium at Pat Hearn Gallery. Maybe a week before it happened, somebody at the magazine, or at the gallery, called me and said they were organizing this discussion and asked if I were interested. I said a lot of things that evening I still believe; but there are some things I didn’t say and should have. In that kind of situation, there’s always a moment when you end up leaning to one side or the other. You respond to the way things are framed.

TG: But did you feel some commonality with the other artists?

HS: Sherrie Levine has been a friend since 1983. I felt very

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