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David Velasco at Sarah Michelson’s October2017/\ at the Kitchen in New York, October 18, 2017. Photo: Stuart Comer.

David Velasco Succeeds Michelle Kuo as Editor in Chief of Artforum

David Velasco has been named editor in chief of Artforum. Velasco first joined Artforum as an editorial assistant for artforum.com in 2005 and became the site’s editor in 2008. The January issue will mark the beginning of his tenure. Velasco succeeds Michelle Kuo, who tendered her resignation on October 18.

Velasco has written frequently for artforum.comArtforum, and Bookforum, contributing columns and features on artists including Sarah MichelsonMichele AbelesYve Laris CohenAnne Imhof, and Ann Liv Young, as well as works such as A. K. Burns and A. L. Steiner’s Community Action Center and, recently, a series of conversations with contributing editor Bruce Hainley. In 2016, he initiated “Modern Dance,” a series of books published by the Museum of Modern Art. Three volumes have been produced: Ralph Lemon (2016), edited by Thomas LaxBoris Charmatz (2017), edited by Ana Janevski; and Sarah Michelson (2017), edited by Velasco himself. He is currently at work on an introduction to a new collection of material from the artist David Wojnarowicz, to be published next year by Semiotext(e).

“This is a time of intense, radical reconfiguration in the world,” Velasco said in a statement. “It is essential that we all rise to the challenge, and I will do everything I can to cultivate and protect the conditions for intellectual honesty and integrity that make this great magazine so essential—which also means an absolute commitment to fighting harassment and discrimination of any kind. It is the only way forward.”

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