*ARTFORUM ’80 - ’93*

The Graying of Criticism

THE TASK OF WRITING on the occasion of Artforum’s 30th anniversary entails far more than the usual procrastination and delay. Because the work necessarily involves going back over the past volumes of the magazine, particularly the decade from 1965 to 1975, it is nearly impossible to stop reading and return to the job at hand. Single issues from that period maintain a level of informativeness and intensity that put to shame whole books of recent critical writing. And that level is all the more impressive when one takes into account how frequently regular contributors appear and how quickly the work had to be done. But the fact may only be surprising from the perspective of the present, when articles like these have been to a great extent replaced by laborious essays in academic quarterlies and hardcover anthologies from scholarly presses. The time frame from conception to publication now

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