The 26th issue is the Vietnamese-American designer’s most intimate project to date, inviting readers to explore the idea of home and understand the internal narratives of the shy designer.
Francesco Risso’s Angels in America
Brooklyn, New York
In a departure from Francesco Risso’s regular Milanese stomping grounds, the Marni creative director and A#23 curator stormed Brooklyn this season, staging the Marni Spring Summer 2023 show under the Manhattan Bridge. His embrace of unconventionality and childlike curiosity tapped into the storied bohemian past emanating from New York, from Tompkins Square Park to Williamsburg. Replete with searing colour and a reiterating circle motif, the collection was a vision of hippie modernism at times inspired by the paintings of Risso’s longtime friend and artist Flaminia Veronesi.
Many characters in the Marni universe featured in A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso reprised their roles for this New York affair, such as art director Babak Radboy and casting director Rachel Chandler. In addition, models documented by Chandler inside the issue including Cranston, Jess Maybury, Juno Mitchell, Nina Granic and Sveva Miserotti joined famous faces from Mariacarla Boscono to Malgosia Bela, Lara Stone, and Guinevere Van Seenus. Staying true to his hands-on approach to crafting his new Marni vision, Risso discreetly played the cello throughout the show alongside the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, following an original composition by Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes. The spectacle, bound by the high arches of the BDNQ train tracks, was a resounding rejection of conformity that bears witness on both sides of the Atlantic.
Every sunset is also a sunrise, somebody else.
“Somebody” because, the sun never really sets somewhere — but everywhere, all the time; depending on who’s looking.
Like a rainbow, you can’t chase it.
Like a train; you catch it by standing still.
Like a memory, it appears, only as it fades away.
Like the future; it disappears, by its very growing near.
So it should be concluded; the sunset is not a phenomenon of the sun – taking place on the horizon; but a phenomenon of the body – setting the sky on fire.
if you are in the right place at the right time – you too can make a sunset. But if you want to be in the right place, at the right time – all the time; you have to keep moving.
So here we are in New York, with all of our friends, painted by Flaminia Veronesi, just after sunset, waiting on a rainbow – attempting an act of mass transportation.
We’ve asked Dev Hynes, and The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, to help us catch the train on time.
But like a sunset,
Like a rainbow,
Like a future,
It won’t happen without you.
New York City, September 11th 2022
– Francesco Risso
The Swedish artist’s monographic exhibition at David Zwirner Paris ponders heartbreak and nostalgia whilst blurring the textures of reality.
The American artist muses on the light of the end of the tunnel during this prolific period between his exhibition at David Zwirner and his sculpture for Frieze.