This Will Have Been


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A striking accompaniment to the exhibition, the catalogue This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s chronicles canonical as well as nearly forgotten works of the 1980s, arguing that what has often been dismissed as cynical or ironic should be viewed as a struggle on the part of artists to articulate their needs and desires in an increasingly commodified world. The major developments of the decade—the rise of the commercial art market, the politicization of the AIDS crisis, the increased visibility of women and gay artists and artists of color, and the ascension of new media—are illuminated in works by Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine, and Lorna Simpson, among many others.

Essays by leading scholars, including Frazer Ward, Kobena Mercer, Johanna Burton, Elisabeth Lebovici, Bill Horrigan, and Sarah Schulman, provide unique perspectives on the decade’s competing factions and seemingly contradictory elements.

Complete with critical texts on each object in the exhibition, this handsome volume brings into focus the full impact of the art, artists, and political and cultural ruptures of this paradigm-shifting decade. Featuring more than 200 full-color reproductions of works in a range of media, including drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s is an ambitious guide to this period of artistic transformation.

Table of Contents

9 Exhibition Lenders
10 Director's Foreword
12 Acknowledgments
14 This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s by Helen Molesworth
48 The End is Near
50 Undead Painting: Life After Life in the Eighties by Frazer Ward
65 Dotty Attie
66 Jean-Michel Basquiat
68 Robert Colescott
72 Robert Gober
74 Jack Goldstein
77 Peter Halley
79 Mary Heilmann
81 Candy Jernigan
82 Mike Kelley
84 Martin Kippenberger
89 Louise Lawler
93 Sherrie Levine
95 Christian Marclay
96 Allan McCollum
97 Matt Mullican
101 Peter Nagy
102 Raymond Pettibon
107 Stephen Prina
110 Martin Puryear
113 Gerhard Richter
117 David Salle
120 Doug + Mike Starn
121 Tony Tasset
126 James Welling
127 Christopher Wool
132 Democracy
134 Where the Streets Have No Name: A Democracy of Multiple Public Spheres by Kobena Mercer
148 Charlie Ahern
151 John Ahern
153 Gretchen Bender
154 Dara Birnbaum
158 Black Audio Film Collective
160 Jennifer Bolande
161 Gregg Bordowitz
164 Eugenio Dittborn
170 General Idea
171 Leon Golub
174 Gran Fury
175 Group Material
181 Guerrilla Girls
183 Hans Haacke
186 David Hammons
187 Keith Haring/Tseng Kwong Chi
193 Jenny Holzer
196 Alfredo Jaar
200 Barbara Kruger
201 Louise Lawler
206 Cildo Meireles
207 Donald Moffett
212 Lorraine O'Grady
213 Paper Tiger Television
217 Adrian Piper
219 Lari Pittman
221 Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
226 Christy Rupp
226 Doris Salcedo
230 Juan Sánchez
233 Carrie Mae Weems
237 Christopher Williams
239 Krzysztof Wodiczko
242 Gender Trouble
244 A Few Troubles with "The Eighties" by Johanna Burton
258 Leigh Bowery
260 Tony Cragg
262 Jimmy De Sana
266 Carroll Dunham
268 Jimmy Durham
271 Eric Fischl
274 Robert Gober
275 Nan Goldin
280 Mike Kelley
283 Paul McCarthy
286 Annette Messager
289 Cady Noland
292 Albert Oehlen
293 Julian Schnabel
296 Cindy Sherman
298 Lorna Simpson
301 Rosemarie Trockel
301 Jeff Wall
308 Desire & Longing
310 How Soon Is Now: Longing and Desire in the Art of the Late Twentieth Century by Elisabeth Lebovici
322 Judith Barry
325 Ashley Bickerton
326 Deborah Bright
330 Sophie Calle
331 Marlene Dumas
335 Rotimi Fani-Kayode
338 Félix Gonzálz-Torres
339 Peter Hujar
346 G. B. Jones
348 Isaac Julien
349 Mary Kelly
355 Silvia Kolbowski
358 Jeff Koons
362 Louise Lawler
363 Jac Leirner
366 Sherrie Levine
369 Robert Mapplethorpe
373 MICA-TV/Cindy Sherman
376 Richard Prince
380 Marlon Riggs
385 David Robbins
385 Laurie Simmons
391 Haim Steinbach
393 David Wojnarowicz
400 A Backward Glance: Video in the 1980s by Bill Horrigan
414 Making Love Making Art: Living and Dying Performance in the 1980s by Sarah Schulman
426 Contributors
428 Exhibition Checklist
433 MCA Chicago Board of Trustees
434 Reproduction Credits
436 Index