For issue 46, Visionaire pushed the boundaries of both how they presented artwork and also the nature of the content. Mario Testino curated a whole issue dedicated to sex in contemporary art and as such, the issue came with a warning for the easily offended. Housed inside a silkscreened perspex case, the hardback book contained works by a wide range of artists including Tracey Emin, Jeff Burton, Marlene Dumas, Cecily Brown, Vik Muniz, Angus Fairhurst and Testino himself. To add to the sensory nature of the issue many of the works were uniquely presented on tactile inserts of latex, flocked paper, 35mm film and butcher paper and used techniques such as embroidery, embossing, laser cutting and pinpricking. In addition to the works in the book, there is a portfolio in the back that contains 5 previously unpublished original prints by Testino along with swatches from supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s bedsheets and male supermodel Jetzel Padilla’s underwear. The issue was produced in an edition of 2500, below are some of the less graphic images in the issue but caution should still be applied if viewing at work!
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