By Nadja Sayej
A string of accusations against Artforum publisher Knight Landesman is seen by many as a vital tipping point within an industry that's rife with misogyny
He is being called the Harvey Weinstein of the art world. Artforum magazine publisher Knight Landesman, 67, has been accused of sexual misconduct from nine younger women who have stepped forward, which caused him to resign last week.
It all started with New York curator Amanda Schmitt, who worked at the magazine in 2009, when she was just 21, singled out for “unwanted sexual attention.” Schmitt has now filed a lawsuit and her actions have led to a raft of accusations from other women including artist Tiril Hasselknippe, who said Landesman took an interest in her artwork before making advances, and art writer Valerie Werder, who claims Landesman asked her explicit questions about her love life, before introducing her to industry contacts. The women have reported public groping, explicit text messages and requests for kisses and back rubs.