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“Mirror’s Edge”

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Up until the 1970s the art world was, roughly speaking, a white male club headquartered in New York City. In the wider arena of culture, art had about the same status as tennis or golf in the world of sports; but rather than Wimbledon or Pebble Beach, the art-world meccas were Kassel and Venice.

Fortunately, things have changed in recent decades. In the multicultural, postcolonial present, West is not always best; the time of absolute, universal standards is ancient history. Parts of Europe have literally fallen to pieces. And the stiffening competition from the Pacific Rim, especially Japan, is felt both in Europe and in the US. We have witnessed a multiplication of “centers.” The so-called periphery will no longer be marginalized. The monocultural art of yesterday has had to reconsider its relationship to the cultural “other,” to the world’s nonwhite majority, to women, to ethnic and

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