Issue edited by Ingrid Sischy. Essays "Melodramatic Tactics," by Kate Linker; "Swallowing Dali," by Carter Ratcliff; "Thieves Like Us," by Judith Russi Kirshner; "Allegorical Procedures: Appropriation and Montage in Contemporary Art," by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh; "Documenta 7: The Dignity of the Thorn," by Annelie Pohlen; "Documenta 7: Grim Fairy Tales," by Kate Linker; "Documenta 7: The Night Mind," by Donald Kuspit; "Documenta 7: Wagner's Head," by Richard Flood; "Documenta 7: Stalling Art," by Edit deAk. Reviews by Jeanne Silverthorne, Thomas Lawson, Donald B. Kuspit, John Howell, Charles Hagen, Lisa Liebmann, Glenn O'Brien, Ronny Cohen, Colin L. Westerbeck Jr., Robert Atkins, Howard Singerman, Susan C. Larsen, Jeanne Randolph, Jean Fisher, and Ida Panicelli. Cover: "In honor of 'Artforum's' twentieth anniversary and in keeping with current art practice we would like to appropriate from the past this image of our noble founder, Arthur Forum."