ArtForum publisher Knight Landesman has resigned following the filing of a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment over many years. Landesman has resigned from his position which he had held for nearly 35 years. Amanda Schmitt filed the lawsuit against him and the magazine, alleging that he harassed her for years, that the magazine’s leadership knew about it and did not attempt to stop it. Since then, many more women have come forward with similar stories.
“This morning, Knight Landesman offered his resignation to the publishers of Artforum and chairman Anthony Korner accepted. In the past days, we have met with our staff and they have told us that Knight Landesman engaged in unacceptable behavior and caused a hostile work environment. We will do everything in our ability to bring our workplace in line with our editorial mission, and we will use this opportunity to transform Artforum into a place of transparency, equity, and with zero tolerance for sexual harassment of any kind. Regretfully, this behavior undermines the feminist ideals we have long strived to stand for. In response, we are creating a special task force of women at the magazine who will oversee this transformation.”