On view through this Sunday, May 14, Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s spotlights the work of many key artists during this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ross Bleckner, Robert Colescott, Eric Fischl, Keith Haring, Sherrie Levine, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Terry Winters, and Martin Wong, among others. It was a time when painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world, revealing itself to be full of possibility and thriving. Through exuberant work that engaged with the heroic gesture or pop imagery, artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, offering new interpretations. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war.