In the renovated opening section of HIGHLIGHTS, 12 profiles account for the best of the season: Boychild (by Francesca Gavin), Ed Fornieles
(by George Vasey), Adriano Costa (by Laura McLean-Ferris), Liu Chuang (by Venus Lau), Carol Rama (by Jesi Khadivi), Tabor Robak (by Alex Gartenfeld), Jana Euler (by Martha Kirszenbaum), Guan Xiao
(by Pablo Larios), Alex Da Corte (by Piper Marshall), David Ostrowski
(by Peter J. Amdam), Aphex Twin (by Francesco Tenaglia), and Torey Thornton (by Ross Simonini).
To follow, our signature MAIN THEME section, titled SO NY, is dedicated to practices informed and inspired by the city of New York. From the gritty urban feeling to the great sense of community—living and working in NYC provides endless inspiration and fuel for artists and creators. We have selected four pairs, from different generations and circles, to share memories and discuss perspectives: Jeffrey Deitch and Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Martin and Joyce Pensato
, Brendan Dugan and Ari Marcopoulos
, and Cecilia Alemani and Marianne Vitale
. The result is a choral tale of convergences, strategies, connections, and old and new magics.
On the other hand, the MONO section and cover story are dedicated to Norwegian, Los Angeles-based photographer Torbjørn Rødland
. Seemingly speaking the fetishistic idiom of advertisement, marketing and food photography, Rødland
's images are in fact pervaded by the most compelling kind of perversity and haunted by boredom, spiritual longing, and a sense of aftermath. This definitive monographic survey comprises an essay by Chris Sharp, an interview by Hanne Mugaas, and original portraits by Trine Hisdal.
Later on, a brand new section invites the eye to an enthralling journey across over 80 pages of visual contributions by artists, curators and image-makers, affirming the magazine's centrality as a tool to show and experience art. This issue's VISIONS include "Chopped & Screwed: Austin Lee and David Benjamin Sherry," curated by Alessio Ascari; H.R. Giger
's "Biomechanoid"; Dorothea Tanning's "Paintings"; Alexandra Bachzetsis
's "From A to B via C"; "Rondes Bosses," curated by Nicolas Trembley; Chris Wiley's "Technical Compositions"; and David Rappeneau's "$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$."
Lastly, the closing section of REGULARS features our insightful columns on the past, present and future of art and culture: in the first installment of "Futura 89+" Hans Ulrich Obrist
and Simon Castets interview American poet Andrew Durbin; "Producers" features Carson Chan's conversation with Artsy's founder Carter Cleveland; Christopher Schreck explores Francesco Clemente's India as part of the "Panorama" series; and in "Pioneers" Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen talk to legendary artist Ashley Bickerton