new-york

“The Last Decade”

Tony Shafrazi Gallery

What counts in a group exhibition, especially one in which each artist is represented by a single piece, is not so much the particular works—it will always be the case that some objects will seem more representative of an artist’s oeuvre than others—but the overarching idea that brings them all together. From the perspective of art history, “The Last Decade: American Artists of the 80’s” presents a crude cross section of the immediate past at the moment when it is about to pass into history, to lose contemporary significance and enter that tackiest and suavest of limbos where it retains living interest exclusively for economic and academic reasons. The selection of work exhibited here suggests that ’80s post-Modernist art was largely a response to Modernist avant-garde art, and that the character of the response was essentially perverse. Kitschified, either ironically or otherwise, earlier

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