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THICK AND THIN: A ROUNDTABLE

As the 1970s gave way to the ’80s, the slogan “return to painting” was as often heard in the discussion around contemporary art as the counter-mantra, the “death of painting.” In the last issue of Artforum, a group comprising mostly critics and art historians opened our two-part examination of painting in the ’80s and beyond with a look back at the death-of-painting debate that raged at the beginning of the decade. For this month’s pendant discussion introduced by ROBERT STORR, we assembled a second panel, largely made up of painters and curators—and asked them to tell us where painting has taken us in the last two decades, and to limn the multifarious pressures and impulses that motivate the practice today.

WE DO NOT WANT FOR PAINTINGS. THERE ARE PLENTY OUT THERE TO choose from and argue over. Nor do we want for first-rate painters. There are enough to make us wonder why the words “painting

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