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“Your History Is Not Our History”

Haunch of Venison New York

This selection of work by twenty-two artists working in New York in the 1980s, organized by painters David Salle and Richard Phillips, was filled with many fine things. No surprise there: The artists in the show are all so well known that their names might almost stand in for their art. Still, the charge of clubbiness that inevitably hung over this basically good-natured exhibition was countered by the defensive edge of its Jenny Holzer–ish title, set, to be sure, in the Suprematist sans-serif bold font preferred by Barbara Kruger. Neither of these hectoring Conceptualists was, in fact, involved with the formulation of the title or its typography, though both were otherwise well represented in the show.

The title did, however, summarize the exhibition’s polemical intent, glossed in the press release with the declaration “The selection of works in this show will serve to lay to rest one of

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