A trove of art articles and art history found in the furnace room

I was recently on a quest to find some paperwork related to an old car I was ready to sell, and was digging through file cabinets looking for it. One such file cabinet, pictured below, was tucked into a dark corner of my furnace room, surrounded by old CDs, books, and the cat’s litter box. As I was going through the file cabinet – which, as you can see, has a crooked and hard-to-move drawer – I happened upon some folders filled with art magazine articles that I had ripped out back in the early 1990s. I remember exactly why I did it at the time – I was about to move to a new apartment in NYC, and figured that it didn’t make sense to carry around 50 pounds of art magazines, including ARTnews, Artforum, Art in America, and so forth, which I had collected back through my college days in the late 1980s. So I went through those magazines at the time, ripped out items of interest, and got rid of the magazines.

But now that I’m glancing through them, I’m realizing that I’ve got a snapshot of the New York art world 20-30 years ago … I’m not quite sure where all that time went, or why I held onto these files all this time, but it makes for some interesting reading (and perspective) now. So as I go through some of these, I’ll post some items of interest. Stay tuned, art geeks and art historians …

magazine articles from ARTnews, Artforum, and Art In America found in my basement

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