Artforum is an international monthly magazine specializing in contemporary art.

April 1996 cover
EditorDavid Velasco
Former editorsMichelle Kuo, Ingrid Sischy, Jack Bankowsky
Categoriesart magazines
FounderJohn P. Irwin, Jr.
Year founded1962
Based inNew York City


The magazine is published ten times a year, September through May, along with an annual summer issue. Distinguished by its 10½ inch square format, with each cover devoted to the work of a single artist, the magazine is widely acknowledged as a decisive voice in its field.[1]

The magazine features in-depth articles and reviews of contemporary art, as well as book reviews, columns on cinema and popular culture, and numerous full-page advertisements from prominent galleries around the world.[2]


Artforum was founded in 1962 in San Francisco by John P. Irwin, Jr. The next publisher/owner Charles Cowles moved the magazine to Los Angeles in 1965 before finally settling it in New York City in 1967, where it maintains offices today[3]. The move to New York also encompassed a shift in the style of work championed by the magazine, moving away from California style art to late modernism, then the leading style of art in New York City. The departure of Philip Leider as editor-in-chief in 1971 and the tenure of John Coplans as the new editor-in-chief roughly coincided with a shift towards more fashionable trends and away from late modernism. A focus on minimal art, conceptual art, body art, land art and performance art provided a platform for artists such as Robert Smithson, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and others. In 1980, after opening his own gallery in New York City, Charles Cowles divested himself of the magazine. A sister magazine, Bookforum, was started in 1994.

In October 2017, publisher Knight Landesman resigned in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct with nine women including a former employee who filed a lawsuit.[4][5][6][7] Artforum initially backed Landesman, saying the allegations were "unfounded" and suggested that lawsuit was “an attempt to exploit a relationship that she herself worked hard to create and maintain.”[8][9] The magazine's editor Michelle Kuo resigned in response to the publishers' handling of the allegations.[10] Artforum staff released a statement condemning the way the publishers had handled the allegations.[6][11]

On Artforum

A book by Amy Newman chronicling the early history of the magazine, Challenging Art: Artforum 1962–1974, was published by Soho Press in 2000.

Sarah Thornton's documentary book Seven Days in the Art World (2008) contains a chapter titled "The Magazine" which is set in the offices of Artforum. In it, Thornton says, "Artforum is to art what Vogue is to fashion and Rolling Stone was to rock and roll. It’s a trade magazine with crossover cachet and an institution with controversial clout."

Notable contributors


  • David Velasco (January 2017–)
  • Michelle Kuo (September 2010–December 2017)
  • Tim Griffin (September 2003–Summer 2010)[2]
  • Jack Bankowsky (September 1992–Summer 2003)
  • Ida Panicelli (March 1988–Summer 1992)
  • Ingrid Sischy (February 1980–February 1988)
  • Joseph Masheck (March 1977–January 1980)
  • In February 1977 Nancy Foote operated as the managing editor without a head editor
  • John Coplans (January 1972–January 1977)
  • Philip Leider (June 1962–December 1971)

(Philip Leider left the magazine at the end of the Summer 1971 issue, but remained on the masthead until December 1971)


  1. "1982 interview with Ingrid Sischy and Anthony Korner" (Audio). KPFA. March 1982. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  2. Mandarino, Grant (March 7, 2010). "Taking stock of the "Griffin years" at Artforum". artnet.
  3. "Experiments in Print: A Survey of Los Angeles Artists' Magazines from 1955 to 1986". East of Borneo. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  4. "Artforum Publisher Knight Landesman Accused of Sexual Misconduct". artnet News. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  5. Feuer, Alan (2017-10-25). "Women Accuse Knight Landesman, Art World Mainstay, of Sexual Harassment". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  6. Sayej, Nadja (2017-10-31). "'It's hurting everyone': the truth about sexual misconduct in the art world". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  7. Christie Smythe and Katya Kazakina, "Artforum Publisher Quits After Sexual Harassment Complaint." Bloomberg News October 25, 2017.
  8. "The Gray Market: What the Knight Landesman Scandal Tells Us About the Art World". artnet News. 2017-10-30. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  9. Greenberger, Alex (2017-10-24). "Artforum Responds to Reports of Sexual Misconduct by Publisher Knight Landesman". ARTnews. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  10. Russeth, Andrew (2017-10-26). "Artforum Editor-in-Chief Michelle Kuo on Why She Resigned". ARTnews. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  11. "Artforum Staff Condemns Magazine's Management of Allegations". Retrieved 2017-11-27.

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