Artforum was founded in 1962 in San Francisco by John P. Irwin, Jr. The magazine is published ten times a year, September through May, along with an annual summer issue. Distinguished by its square format, with each cover devoted to the work of a single artist, the magazine is widely acknowledged as a decisive voice in its field.

The magazine features in-depth articles and reviews of contemporary art, as well as book reviews, columns on cinema and popular culture, and numerous full-page advertisements from prominent galleries around the world.