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Editor's Letter

Editor's Letter

WITH EVERY DECEMBER ISSUE of Artforum there is the vague temptation to complement the cornucopia of “best of ” accolades with a “top ten” of editorial regrets, a kind of modest, residual hot list comprising all things missed, failed, or forgotten—a minor literature of might-have-beens. Of course, such a list could not be limited to a single year: The present always alters one’s view of the past, and, conversely, it may be that episodes from earlier times offer a useful perspective on our moment. As Dan Graham once noted in these pages, it is often a look at yesterday’s papers—events from the “just past,” the uncomfortable period out of fashion but not yet ripe for nostalgia—that most productively unsettles our reading of today’s news.

Consider, for example, Artforum’s roundtable on globalism and the large-scale exhibition, published just two years ago in November 2003.

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