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Artforum selects Tina Rivers Ryan as new editor-in-chief

Artforum named Tina Rivers Ryan its next editor-in-chief on Thursday, selecting the curator to lead the prestigious magazine after a tumultuous year.

“For decades, Artforum editors have ensured that this landmark magazine remains a trusted and indispensable resource for conversations about contemporary art and its role in the broader culture,” Ryan, who specializes in art digital as a curator at Buffalo AKG Art. Museum, said in a statement.

Five months ago, the magazine fired David Velascoits editor-in-chief, after having signed and published a letter calling for Palestinian liberation shortly after the start of the war between Israel and Hamas. Some staff members were unhappy with his dismissal; longtime editors resigned in protest and artists declared a boycott. Some writers withdrew their essays and some advertisers withdrew their place in the publication, resulting in a noticeably slimmer problem after the events unfolded.

Penske Media Corporation, which owns the publication, has spent the last few months trying to rebuild.

Ryan, who has contributed to Artforum over the years, has been noted for a popular essay criticizing the NFT boom. She later softened her stance and helped the Buffalo Museum take advantage of the craze by organizing a online exhibition and fundraising.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter of Artforum with Tina at the helm,” the magazine’s editors, Danielle McConnell and Kate Koza, said in a statement. “Tina is a brilliant writer and uniquely positioned to maintain the magazine's reputation for publishing the highest quality, in-depth reviews, while also contributing to a dynamic vision for audience expansion through digital growth continues and live events.”

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