PRINT September 1993

ARTFORUM ’62–’79

He Was Extremely Terse

PHIL WAS A marvelous editor. He had paid his way through college by writing master’s theses on any subject for other students at $75 a throw. During his military service he had been the fastest typist in the army. Contrary to accusations and impressions, he was an extremely wide-angled editor, who published an enormous variety of articles. When I began working for the magazine I wasn’t a writer, I was a painter, and it was very painful for me to write. But I'd take an article to him and in no time he'd chop the beginning off, tell me where it ought to start, change everything around, make it into a good tough professional piece.

He had little background in art, though he got interested in it. But he really didn’t know the art world at all. I was the editor at large, the guy at his shoulder. Artforum’s founder, John Irwin, wanted the magazine to be a financial success, so he wanted to publish

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