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Challenging Art: Artforum 1962–1974

“THERE'S NO LEGACY from art magazines. I don't think art criticism is much of an endeavor in that sense. It's not lasting. Nobody reads Ruskin . . . . I don't think Artforum has any legacy, and I don't think art criticism has any legacy. Although Ruskin did write one good sentence. He said, 'Everything Velázquez does can be considered as absolutely right.'”

These sulky words conclude 450 pages of commentary excerpted from interviews with key Artforum insiders, as well as other critics and historians, conducted and edited by Amy Newman in Challenging Art: Artforum 1962–1974. Uttered by Philip Leider, who served as editor from just after the magazine's inception until 1971, they stand in sharp contrast to the rest of the book—to what others have to say, as well as to what Leider offers elsewhere when in better spirits. Indeed, as remarks throughout the volume make clear, the one thing

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