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THEN: Forward Retreat is the former blog of one Sarah Hromack, of Brooklyn, New York. FR launched in 2001, and lived online in various permutations until 2008.

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To be perfectly clear:

Q: Forward Retreat?

A.1: “Forward Retreat” is the code name for the military maneuver wherein a country selectively withdraws its own troops from a theater of war in order to attack the enemy territory thus left undefended. More simply put, to engage in a Forward Retreat is to lie and wait, to observe tactically—to think before acting.

A.2: Forward Retreat is the title of a painting by Mark Tansey, a keenly observant British painter whose intellectual sensibilities embody the term itself. Tansey cautions wryly against grand historical narratives in this carefully constructed mise en scène, sending Western art history up the flagpole via the Pony Express.

Mark Tansey, Forward Retreat (1986)
oil on canvas, 94 x 111 inches
Image courtesy the Broad Art Foundation

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