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Artforum Issues Statement on Publisher Knight Landesman’s Resignation

After a lawsuit accusing Artforum publisher Knight Landesman of sexual misconduct was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, Landesman left the magazine. Following his resignation, Artforum released the following statement:

“This morning, Knight Landesman offered his resignation to the publishers of Artforum and chairman Anthony Korner accepted. In the past days, we have met with our staff and they have told us that Knight Landesman engaged in unacceptable behavior and caused a hostile work environment. We will do everything in our ability to bring our workplace in line with our editorial mission, and we will use this opportunity to transform Artforum into a place of transparency, equity, and with zero tolerance for sexual harassment of any kind. Regretfully, this behavior undermines the feminist ideals we have long strived to stand for. In response, we are creating a special task force of women at the magazine who will oversee this transformation.”

Update as of March 12, 2021: The leadership of Artforum and Amanda Schmitt have worked to achieve a resolution of the lawsuit filed in October 2017. Both parties wish to move forward with a spirit of good will.

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