PRINT September 1993

ARTFORUM ’62–’79

He Was a Great Editor, and He Loved his Wife

It’s no exaggeration to say that Artforum in the 1960s was Phil Leider. He was (and doubtless still is) passionate, intellectual, demanding, uxorious, stubborn, street-smart, volatile, imaginative, moralistic, generous; above all he was as supportive of the artists and writers he most admired as an editor could be; and the magazine reflected his character and partialities in a way that made it unique. When the time came for him to move on, he ignited a conflagration to cover his departure. Artforum survived, of course, but when the flames died down Phil was gone.