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ARTFORUM ’62–’79

A Conversation

Charles Cowles is the owner of the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York and serves as chairman of the board of the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture. He published Artforum from September 1965 to November 1979.

HENRY GELDZAHLER: Artforum got started in San Francisco in 1962. When did you get involved?

CHARLES COWLES: I think Nick Wilder started talking to me about the magazine in the summer of ’64. I was a student at Stanford, majoring in journalism. Wilder was a grad student working part-time at the Lanyon Gallery in Palo Alto, in old Gov. Stanford’s horse barn, and promoting young artists. He was sort of my Pied Piper, and he started talking about Artforum and its troubles. In October of ’64 Artforum was dead broke and missed an issue.

HG: How had it gotten started?

CC: John Irwin was the founding publisher. He was a salesman working for Mike Pisani, a printer, and they

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