New York

Barbara Kruger

Skarstedt Gallery | New York E 79

If ever there were a time to reflect on the recent past of a present moment, this would seem to be it. With its many uncanny parallels to and, perhaps in retrospect, prescient harbingers for our day, the ’80s—that messy, sprawling decade, which seemed to begin sometime in the 1970s and arguably maintained force well into the early 1990s—holds a certain kind of fascination for many of us today. Indeed, the seeds of our current situation (economic, political, and specifically for this context, artistic) were sowed during those years when Reagan took office, the AIDS crisis hit, and the stock market crashed.

It’s fitting, then, that a number of large-scale museum exhibitions of late have returned or will return to the ’80s (for instance “The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984,” which opened this spring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), marking it as historic terrain, if not securely so. But

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