In the NY Times Randy Kennedy reports that the longtime editor of Art in America magazine, Elizabeth C. Baker is stepping down. “Peter M. Brant, a newsprint magnate and art collector, took over Brant Publications, the magazine’s publisher, in January after buying out the 50 percent stake owned by his former wife, Sandra Brant. Mr. Brant appointed Fabien Baron and Glenn O’Brien as joint editorial directors of Art in America and the company’s two other publications, Interview and The Magazine Antiques. Ms. Baker, known as Betsy, took over the magazine in 1974. Under her leadership Art in America grew from a bimonthly publication with a circulation of around 45,000 to a monthly with a circulation of more than 75,000, featuring the writing of many influential critics. Marcia E. Vetrocq, who joined Art in America in 1998 as a senior editor, will take over as editor. Ms. Baker will become editor at large in charge of special projects, which will include book publishing and Web site development.” According to Walter Robinson at artnet, AiA will probably try to reinvent itself as younger, fresher, shorter and more global. We can expect a redesign by the November issue. Might it be possible that someday we will be able to read the entire content of Art in America (gasp) online…?
Culturegrrl’s take: News Flash: Official Announcement of Changes at Art in America Magazine