Guest-edited by Andrew Benjamin, this issue aims to explore the question of the viability of painting as a contemporary and relevant medium for the 90s asking: Is there life after death for painting”. In this age of technological innovation, is there still a place for the manual application of paint to a surface? Can painting address, with similar depth, the same issues as Conceptual Art? With this in mind, “Art and Design” has assembled a collection of writings with contributions by some of the most prominent practitioners and writers on the subject. Included are “Confessions” by Valerio Adami, R.B. Kitaj reflecting on his “First Diasporist Manifest”. Jean-Francois Lyotard on Lino Centi, Marcelin Pleynet on Pierre Nivollet, Peter Osbourne on Gerhard Richeter and Steven Bann on Cy Twombly as well as essays by Steven Melville, Christine Battersby, Andrew Benjamin and an interview with Art and Language by David Batchelor. “Art and Design” draws its impetus from international art exhibitions, current events and critical issues. It has established a leading reputation for examining modern and contemporary art in depth, and encouraging discussion on new art. Establishing a forum of international artists, architects, philosophers and writers, each issue focuses on a new theme, combining critical texts with interviews and written statements, providing a lasting platform for the colourful and often conflicting voices dominating the international art scene.