*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

Picture This

TO ANYONE FROM a museum—with lead time for an exhibition or a catalogue essay measured in years—the monthly sleight-of-hand demanded by a magazine like Artforum holds out the promise of more immediate gratification. This euphoric anticipation is quickly followed by horror at the speed with which decisions must be made, and at how quickly, and publicly, these decisions meet with a response. Decidedly contemporary rather than merely modern, Artforum often publishes unknown or untried critical voices, and cannot seek refuge from public outcry by hiding behind figures of authority. In all of this the selection of illustrations, seldom discussed in itself outside the magazine, is integral to the way artful words will be understood, and to how the reader (who may or may not know the artwork from first-hand experience) will interpret the discussion. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand

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