ARTFORUM ’62–’79

ARTFORUM ’62–’79

THE FIRST SECTION of this issue is dedicated to “the old Artforum,” though the writers disagree on just when that journal was published and precisely what it was. For John Irwin, who founded the magazine in 1962 and kept it running during its first three years, “the old Artforum” was a promising but decidedly shoestring operation run out of a San Francisco printer’s office as a sideline business. For Charles Cowles, the magazine’s second owner, interviewed here by Henry Geldzahler, it was first a student project easing the way toward graduation from Stanford, then a ten-year way of life. During the first half of Cowles’ tenure as publisher, Philip Leider served as Artforum’s editor. We cannot say how Leider remembers those years; now living in Israel, he has cut his connections with the art world. But friends and colleagues who knew him at the time—Walter Hopps, Richard Serra, Irving Blum,

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