Sotheby’s New York presents a special exhibition in partnership with Artforum to showcase six decades of the leading art world publication’s covers, which have never before been publicly displayed together. The exhibition, Covering the Art World: Six Decades of Artforum, will feature every cover of Artforum—more than 550 in total—dating from 1962, when the magazine was founded, to the present day.
For the exhibition, original Artforum issues will be displayed chronologically, with individual cover artists identified for each issue, creating a panorama of the history of contemporary art that visually charts the magazine’s editorial approach for nearly 60 years, from the early issues when the conversation was still primarily focused on representational art and Abstract Expressionism in the early 1960s, to the development of Minimalism, Performance art, Land art, Conceptual art, and other practices across the decades. The result is a visual time capsule and a who’s who of the artists who defined their respective periods. Among the artists whose work has featured on Artforum covers are Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Lee Krasner, Robert Smithson, Helen Frankenthaler, Walter De Maria, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Mapplethorpe, George Condo, Barbara Kruger, Kara Walker, Tom Sachs, Yinka Shonibare, and many others.