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Kozloff: Criticism in Absentia

For the better part of the ten years it has been in existence, Artforum has been our leading intellectual art journal. . . . For a sizeable segment of the art public, especially in the universities, the experience of color-field painting, minimal art, earthworks, and related developments has been inseparable from the criticism, theory, debate, and documentation which Artforum has lavished upon them.

—Hilton Kramer, The New York Times, Sept. 17, 1972

THERE IS NO LONGER ANY DOUBT that Artforum has exerted a considerable influence on the art world; the above article is only one indication of that influence. But it is for just this reason that the ramifications of Kozloff’s “The Trouble with Art-As-Idea” (Artforum, September, 1972) are so important. For due to a lack of exposure to information other than Kozloff’s, his unilateral assertions will reach thousands of people who are unable to

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