What intimate and secret bonds can develop between an artist and a patron-collector? Two disparate projects presented in Greece this summer by the DESTE Foundation touch upon this complex question from alternate angles.
A Magazine Curated By Lucie and Luke Meier
HUMAN NATURE / MOTHER NATURE
The 21st issue of A Magazine has been curated by Lucie and Luke Meier, the co-creative directors of Jil Sander. The Meiers have approached their ‘carte blanche’ project for A Magazine as a call for reflection and an open dialogue on the dualities of the one theme that is present in all of their work – HUMAN NATURE / MOTHER NATURE.
A potent juxtaposition of the natural world with the constructs of built architecture and human cultural phenomena within recent history forms the basis of this document. Breathtaking landscapes are intertwined throughout, with arresting scenes of fragile beauty captured on both a micro and macro scale. The geographic culmination of the Meiers’ lives and careers is presented with stories from the Canadian wilderness to the Swiss Alps, passing through the streets of Paris and Florence, and the work spaces of artists across Europe and the United States. Personal contributions abound, with reflections on the theme offered through photography and painting, illustration, interviews, music and poetry, as well as essays deconstructing liberal arts education at Black Mountain College and sustainability in fashion today.
Historical works from the Meiers’ distinct canon of modern art favourites are juxtaposed with new imagery from a host of new and established names in photography across 200 pages arranged in the form of visual ‘plates’ in the tradition of art book publishing, with the issue’s text component appearing as a ‘legend’ to close the magazine. A keen emphasis on family sees many projects executed by teams consisting of husbands, wives, brothers and sisters, as well as drawings by children from the Meiers’ extended family and friends.
A Magazine #21 is offset-printed on Lenza recycled paper made in Italy, featuring a 3D-scanned cover replicating a Japanese floral washi paper handmade in the hills of the Noto peninsula by a 3rd generation paper maker. The issue is stitch-bound with an invisible spine and printed in the Aosta region of northern Italy. Inspired by the Swiss franc coin, a unique font typeface entitled ‘Meier’ designed by Buero Paris has been incorporated into the issue.
CONTRIBUTORS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Adrianna Glaviano, Alexia Rosalie Sicard, Amy Verner, Anna Cecylia Lieselotte Keinath, Anne-Sophie Prévot, Anton Max Karol Keinath, Arnold Rüdlinger, Barbara Morgan, Bowen Gabriel West Butler, Brice Marden, Buby Durini, Chris Rhodes, Cleo Eryn Vega Butler, Constantin Brâncuși, Daido Moriyama, Dan Er. Grigorescu, Dan Hăulică, Daniel Johnston, Delfino Sisto Legnani, Dick Johnston, Dilys Williams, Edward Burtynsky, Emanuele Colombo, Eugene Souleiman, Giacomo Leopardi, Giasco Bertoli, Giorgio Conti, Giorgio D’Orazio Vinditti, Hannes Hetta, Hazel Larsen Archer, Heiko Keinath, Imogen Cunningham, Isis May Butler-Cragg, Jeewi Lee, Jefferson Airplane, Jeff Wall, John Pawson, Jordan Hemingway, Jorge Balarezo, Joseph Beuys, Julia Hetta, Kahlil Joseph, Karl Lehner, Kelsey Lu, Larry Fink, Laure Prouvost, Lina Scheynius, Lorenzo Vitturi, Luc Tuymans, Lucien Smith, Margrit Linck, Masato Nakagawa, Massimo Torrigiani, Monica Titton, Moritz Giacum Mennig, Nigel Shafran, Noah Davis, Noam Levinger, Olivier Kervern, Pamela Rosenkranz, Panamarenko, Peter Chung, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rhoda Meier, Richard Bush, Robert Feintuch, Robert Frost, Sachiko Ito, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Richardson, Selva Barni, Shaniqwa Jarvis, Sheron ‘Umi’ Smith, Sienna Leonie Sicard, Stefan Armbruster, Stefan Schlumpf, Tarek Abbar, Tarik Kiswanson, Thomas Mailaender, Tim Elkaïm, Tom Burr, Tomona Matsukawa, Vincenzo Castella, Willem de Kooning, Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def.
Designed as a timeless calendar, FUTURA PROXIMA CURATED FOR GUCCI begins with a poignant essay by the Italian philosopher and author Emanuele Coccia.