*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93

Three decades in a magazine’s life can see a number of professional generations come and go. No one now at Artforum worked here with Phil Leider, let alone with John Irwin, or even, for that matter, with Coplans or Masheck. The longest-lasting Artforum staffer must be Tanya Weinberger, who arrived as a secretary in 1966 and went on to handle production. Tanya’s home was upstate. She would arrive on the premises monthly via Greyhound bus, unroll the sleeping bag she kept in a closet, and live in the office for the ten days or so of paste-up. This undoubtedly illegal arrangement lasted to everyone’s convenience until Tanya left, to make animated films, in the summer of 1982. Since then we’ve been on our own.

Just who this “we” is, of course, is as flexible and transitory as the idea of “the old Artforum.” For most of the ’80s “we” was Ingrid Sischy, who recently rehashed issues and goals with

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