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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 7, March

Ashley Bickerton Talks to Steve Lafreniere. ('80S Then)
STEVE LAFRENIERE: In 1986 you were in the infamous neo-geo show at Sonnabend with Peter Halley, Meyer Vaisman, and Jeff Koons. It seemed as if the critics wanted to cast the four of you in total opposition to both neo-expressionism and the Pictures...
Blood of the Poets: The Tribal '80S
I. "We are born into a preinvented existence within a tribal nation of zombies and in that illusion of a one-tribe nation there are real tribes," New York artist and writer David Wojnarowicz stated in 1991, the year before his AIDS-related death. Fighting...
Cindy Sherman Talks to David Frankel. ('80S Then)
DAVID FRANKEL: For many people, you seem to crystallize what was new In the art of the '80s. Did you intend to make that kind of departure? Or did you feel connected to '70s art? CINDY SHERMAN: I didn't set out to establish an alternative. No one...
David Salle Talks to Robert Rosenblum. ('80S Then)
ROBERT ROSENBLUM: We should of course begin with the '80s. But I'm interested in what happened to you before the curtain went up. DAVID SALLE: I came to New York in 1975 after CalArts. I floundered around for a few years, happily. I loved being...
Editor's Note
This is an intermediate moment where people are going to reminisce and at least begin to study the period. But to me it doesn't seem historical because so many of the developments of the '80s... are still unfolding. Jeff Wall in Art forum, March...
Feature Inc
Feature opened its doors on April Fool's Day, 1984 with an exhibition of re-photographs by Richard Prince. The gallery's name was chosen to deflect the owner's presence and to point to the function of the space. From the start, the gallery has had...
Francesco Clemente Talks to Brooks Adams. ('80S Then)
BROOKS ADAMS: Why do you think we're talking about the '80s now? Was it a heroic age? FRANCESCO CLEMENTE: [Laughs.] New York had an extraordinary texture at the time, when I first came from India in April of 1980. In India I was familiar with the...
Jeff Koons Talks to Katy Siegel. ('80S Then)
KATY SIEGEL: Let's begin with your move to New York from Chicago. What year did you come here? JEFF KOONS: I originally hitchhiked here at the end of '76, but I didn't officially move to New York until January '77. In Chicago I went to the School...
Jeff Wall Talks to Bob Nickas. ('80S Then)
BOB NICKAS: When I saw The Vampires' Picnic in 1991 it made me realize the '80s were over. In retrospect, how do you see the decade through the filter of your work? JEFF WALL: I don't think it's because of the calendar, but by about 1990 I had decided...
John Armleder Talks to Bob Nickas. ('80S Then)
BOB NICKAS: You've been coming to the Basel art fair since the early '70s, using your little corner spot to promote artists you like. And you do this through Ecart, which is more of a publishing activity than a gallery. So it's a certain philosophy...
Jorg Immendorff Talks to Pamela Kort. ('80S Then)
PAMELA KORT: What were the signal moments in the '80s for you? JORG IMMENDORFF: In 1982 I had my first large museum show in Germany at the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, where my "Cafe Deutschland" [1978-82] paintings were featured. Shortly thereafter I...
McDermott & McGough Talk to Bob Nickas. ('80S Then)
BOB NICKAS: If you were to make a panoramic history painting that would represent you in the '80s, what would you paint? PETER McGOUGH: We already made that painting, in 1985. It's the two of us, and it says NOTORIETY. And on one side there are...
My Postmodernism. (My '80S)
FILMMAKER AND ACTIVIST Gregg Bordowitz's passage through the 1980s mirrors the course of AIDS activism in that decade. From the very first ACT up demonstration in New York to the triumphal storming of the FDA headquarters outside Washington, DC, he...
Nan Goldin Talks to Tom Holert. ('80S Then)
TOM HOLERT: What is your predominant memory of the '80s? NAN GOLDIN: I missed the '80s, fortunately--I wasn't very aware of things outside my world. I knew about those photographers who were doing media-related stuff, from Cindy Sherman, whose work...
Other Voices: Scott Rothkopf Four Critical Vignettes
I FIRST ENCOUNTERED THE ART CRITICISM OF THE '80S around 1996, which made me a bit late to the party. By that time the party had moved to university seminar tables across the country and been neatly parsed for the syllabi, so that students like me...
Outside the Box: James Meyer Unpacks Craig Owens's Slide Library. (Writing the '80S)
For a critic, a slide collection is the most personal of artifacts. These are the images set aside to remember; here is the record, in miniature, of a life in art--slides acquired in the process of writing review after review or making ubiquitous visits...
Peter Halley Talks to Dan Cameron. ('80S Then)
DAN CAMERON: Before we talk about the '80s, we should talk about talking about the '80s. PETER HALLEY: It's interesting, because the '8os were really three different periods: 1980 to 1983 was dominated by the recession and by the emergence of new...
Princes among Thieves: Sampling the '80S
I don't recall that the vogue lasted for more than a few years, but one of the things many of us did in the 1980s was to put a music sample on our answering machines. The most socially confident simply replaced their entire voice message with a snatch...
Richard Prince Talks to Steve Lafreniere. ('80S Then)
STEVE LAFRENIERE: You weren't in Douglas Crimp's "Pictures" exhibition, but a lot of people seem to think you were, maybe because of your later association with Helene Winer, who was at Artists Space before starting Metro Pictures. Did you feel a kinship...
Ripening on the Rhine: The Cologne Art World of the '80S
In an Italian restaurant in Frankfurt, some blocks from where I live, a huge, bluish Martin Kippenberger painting hangs on the wall. I am sitting at one of the tables there, with a stack of books and magazines from the '80s: a few catalogues, issues...
Robert Longo Talks to Mary Haus. ('80S Then)
MARY HAUS: You were involved in both the Hallwalls gallery in Buffalo and the "Pictures" show at Artists Space in New York in 1977--both of which many people feel opened the way for the '80s. ROBERT LONGO: I ended up in Buffalo in the mid-'70s [at...
Rosemarie Trockel Talks to Isabelle Graw. ('80S Then)
ISABELLE GRAW: In the late '70s you applied to the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf but were rejected and ended up at the lesser-known Fachhochschule fur Kunst und Design in Cologne. What kinds of artistic or social possibilities did you see developing at...
Ross Bleckner Talks to Dan Cameron. ('80S Then)
ROSS BLECKNER: You've got your work cut out for you. I'm sure it's going to be very difficult to extract the kind of memory trace you're after from all of these artists because everybody will have the same thing to say. They'll all rail on about decade-ism....
Sturtevant Talks to Bruce Hainley. ('80S Then)
BRUCE HAINLEY: Before we launch into the '80s, a little back story. When you mounted your landmark exhibition at White Columns, in New York, in 1986, on the heels of your being in Bob Nickas's 1985 show "Production Re: Production," it had been over...
The Mourning After
Few funerals have been as indecorous as the one held for painting in the early '80s. Was the deceased truly dead, and, if so, in whose name could the death certificate be signed? Or was this a burial without a corpse, another instance of the ritual...
The Trouble with Christian. (Whatever Happened To)
For a six-year run beginning in 1987, CHRISTIAN LEIGH was one of the most visible--and ambitious--independent curators in the international art world. Then he vanished. ALEXI WORTH looks back on an enigmatic impresario of many guises whose disappearance...
'Zines for a Day: Matthew Higgs on the Other Art Press. (Writing the '80S)
In 1980 I had yet to enter an art gallery. Likewise, I was unaware of Artforum's existence--or, for that matter, any other art magazine's--until I came across ZG. Rooting through the anarchist periodicals and music fanzines at Grassroots, Manchester's...