*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

Fourteen Years On: Just the Highlights

IT IS HARD to believe that 14 years have passed since October 1979, when Amy Baker and I were handed the keys to the old Artforum office on Madison Avenue. We had just concluded the negotiations to purchase the magazine from Charles Cowles, who had owned it for the previous 14 years. Had I known even half the problems and crises that lay in Artforum’s future I might not have embarked on this venture, but what a lot of pleasure, what a lot of friends and allies, and what great art and writing I would have missed.

We began with “brilliant” ideas and “grand” ambitions. Some, like changing the company name from California Artforum to Artforum International, were easily achieved. Others, like changing the world, have not yet materialized. On the other hand, opening up the magazine’s pages to as wide a spectrum of the arts as possible, and to as far-flung a geographical spread as we could afford,

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