PRINT March 1988


HAVING TAKEN ON the position of editor, I imagine this magazine as a house, a house large enough to accommodate the ideas and images of all those who participate in the making of contemporary art. Like a house, Artforum has its foundation—the awareness of the past; its frame and walls—the intersections of the present; its doors and windows (even a skylight or two)—the view toward the future. And like a house, Artforum has been built—and continues to stand—through a collaboration among many different kinds of people, with each individual playing an indispensable role. Still, with all this work and all this commitment, Artforum would be an empty house if it weren’t for the contribution of artists, whose hands set in motion the cycle of creation, contemplation, criticism.

Every art historian knows that the consultation of books, texts, and documents “of the era” is fundamental to understanding

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