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DOUBLE EXPOSURE

Seeking to place the art of 2005 in the context of a broader visual culture, Artforum asked art historian Hal Foster, architect and theorist Denise Scott Brown, and political philosopher Slavoj Žižek to focus on topics they considered to be of unique significance to our moment.

OVER THIS PAST YEAR I had two little epiphanies. The first came on a January night a few weeks after the opening of the new Museum of Modern Art in New York. Walking west on Fifty-fourth Street, I looked up, absently, at a cold glow of glass, steel, and stone, and at first I didn’t recognize what I saw. White with light, the exposed elevation of the museum floated like an apparition, just as the inside spaces appear to levitate, with the atrium supported from above and the walls separated by thin bands from the floors. The vision reminded me of the “glass architecture” summoned by László Moholy-Nagy, with a double-exposed

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