Modernism’s crisis of legitimisation (ie, postmodernism) made one thing very clear: what had previously been given was taken away. This given – the ideology associated with European imperialism and its particular form of modernity – was forever rescinded at the close of the 1980s with the end of the Cold War. This opened new opportunities that chimed with what Araeen called the Third World ‘critical discourse of the globalisation of modernism’ In seizing this moment, he made Third Text the most salient art journal of its time.
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