PRINT September 1993

*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

A Conversation

Ingrid Sischy is currently editor-in-chief of Interview and a photography critic for The New Yorker. She served as editor of Artforum from February 1980 to February 1988.

JACK BANKOWSKY: When you took over Artforum you were only 27. How were you received in the beginning?

INGRID SISCHY: I have no idea; I was too busy trying to do the job to worry about that kind of thing. When I was offered the position it felt like something hit me on the head. When fate knocks you on the head you go with it or you don’t. And I went with it. We had to move on the first issue so fast; by the time we finished it we were already late for the second one. So I didn’t have time to be influenced by how people were reacting to the first issue, to ask if they liked it or if they didn’t. I don’t think that way anyway.

JB: Did you have a sense of what you wanted to do with the magazine when you arrived?

IS: I had looked

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