One casualty of "Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years" is a whole generation of 1980s New York superstars. Works by Robert Longo (left, Eric, from Men in the City, 1981) and David Salle look like period pieces — barely a rung above Mark Kostabi. Left out entirely are some big names (Eric Fischl, Julian Schnabel) represented in MOCA's collection. That some air has come out of these reputations isn't news, but the Geffen Contemporary's side-by-side comparisons are instructive in understanding why. (Not to privilege our 2010 tastes, especially. Who knows what today's darlings, including the ones at the Geffen, will look like in 2040?)
One 1980s NY painter who still looks good: Jean-Michel Basquiat.