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Art in the 1980s: The Forgotten History of PAD/D

July 1979. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Iran has entered its fourth month as an Islamic Republic, and the Sandinista National Liberation Front have deposed the U.S. backed Samoza dictatorship in Nicaragua. It was against this political backdrop that Lucy Lippard’s exhibition, Some British Art From the Left (June 16 – July 14,1979) finished its run at Artists Space in New York City.