*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

A Conversation

Ida Panicelli is currently the artistic director of the Centro per L'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, in Prato, Italy, and a contributing editor to Artforum. She served as editor from March 1988 to June 1992.

ALESSANDRA MAMMÍ: Your arrival at Artforum, in 1988, coincided with a crisis in what people in Europe had been calling “the light ’80s.” At the end of the decade the idea of lightness, of decorative pleasure, of a free, sometimes unthinking use of the art of the past was called in question. It was just at this moment that you took over as the magazine’s editor. What did you find, and what did you decide to change?

IDA PANICELLI: I found a wonderful magazine, which had accurately borne witness to ’80s culture. My predecessor, Ingrid Sischy, had made an extraordinary turnabout in the magazine’s vision. She had opened it up to fields contiguous to art, such as film, television, and fashion—the

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