Gwen L. Allen is Assistant Professor of Art History at San Francisco State University, where she specializes in modern and contemporary art, art criticism, and visual culture. She is the author of Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art (MIT Press, 2011).
Experiments in Print: A Survey of Los Angeles Artists’ Magazines from 1955 to 1986 by Gwen L. Allen
The emergence of Los Angeles as the “second city” of American art, as art historian Barbara Rose once called it, was witnessed by Artforum’s tenure here. Founded in San Francisco in 1962, the magazine focused almost exclusively on West Coast art during its first few years and sought to be an alternative to the mainstream New York–based art press. Yet Artforum’s short stint in Los Angeles, from 1965 to 1967, proved merely a stepping-stone on the way to New York, where it was soon lured by East Coast prestige and advertising revenue.