Yearly Archives: 1985

Fashion, Envy & the Gift (1985)

The problem of the counterfeit (and of fashion) was born with the Renais­ sance, with the dé­ structuration of the feudal order and the emergence of open competition at the level of distinctive signs… With the end of the bound sign, the reign of the

Ritual and Camera (1985)

Over the last two decades, both installation and contemporary photography were empowered by a suspicion of the cult of the marketable art object — specifically, the commodity fetish. Yet, while historically contiguous, and often sharing a common audience, the strategies of the two modes are completely different.