PRINT February 1969

Men and Machines

Max Kozloff

This week, the editors revisit Max Kozloff’s “Men and Machines” from Artforum’s February 1969 issue. The critic’s reflections on art and technology are best read alongside our summer issue, which contains writings on artificial intelligence by hannah baer, Mario Carpo, and Zoë Hitzig.

“Comforting solipsisms do not forestall fear that our onetime extensions, the machines, are becoming our present competitors.” Written more than fifty years ago, Kozloff’s words ring with alarming prescience as staggering developments in generative AI portend the disruption and reorganization of human labor, knowledge,