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Ida Panicelli on editing

AS I THINK ABOUT the images and words circulating during my years as editor of Artforum, certain moments come to mind. There was my baptism by fire, the experience of serving as a witness in Carl Andre’s trial a few months after I arrived in New York. And there was my September 1989 editorial, cosigned with publisher Anthony Korner and my fellow editors, which defended the NEA and free speech, then under virulent attack by Senator Jesse Helms. The cover of that issue featured an image of a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph being projected onto the facade of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as part of a demonstration against the museum’s cancellation of the artist’s retrospective. The same Mapplethorpe photo would soon begin appearing on T-shirts worn by young people I encountered along Broadway on my way to work. Then there was the AIDS crisis: As the illness was striking the

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