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Visionaire 59 – Fairytale

For issue 59, Visionaire collaborated with Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to create a mini library of childrens books entitled Fairytale. Together, they recruited and paired up artists from music (Bjork), fashion (Viktor & Rolf) , literature (Cecily von Ziegesar and Stéphanie Cohen Chaptal), art (Richard Phillips, Douglas Gordon and John Baldessari) and film (James Franco and Kirsten Dunst) to come up with eleven books with themes that ranged from the traditional to the surreal. In addition, each book used a different technique to add another dimension; the book by Bjork, Sjon, M/M Paris and Gabriela Fridriksdottir played a new track by Bjork (The Comet Song from the Moomins movie) as you flicked through the pages, Viktor & Rolf used glow in the dark ink and Pierre Huyghe and Mario Bellantin created a scratch and sniff book. Other unique touches included holograms, flocking, foil stamping and lenticular images. The collection was held together by a black patent leather traditional bookstrap and produced in an edition of 4000 copies. A portion of the proceeds from this issue went towards funding scholarships for the Blue School, a not-for-profit creative elementary school in New York.

Jo Ratcliffe and Stephanie Cohen Chaptal

Bjork, Sjon, Gabriela Fridriksdottir and M/M Paris

John Baldessari

Karen Kilimnik and Kirsten Dunst

Ugo Rondinone and John Giorno

Richard Phillips and Cecily Von Ziegesar

Viktor & Rolf

Pierre Huyghe and Mario Bellatin

Visionaire 49 – Decades

For issue 49, Visionaire took us on a trip through time from the 1880’s to the present day. Housed inside a huge embossed metallic clamshell case were thirteen foilstamped 18″x14″ sewn portfolios each created by a different artist to embody their assigned decade. The roster of artists included regular contributors Mats Gustafson, Karl Lagerfeld, Nick Knight, Bruce Weber and Lamsweerde & Matadin, each taking a unique and distinct approach to the project; Bruce Weber created a tribute to the soliders of WWII, Mario Testino took images of himself from the 70’s and created colourful montages and Steven Meisel gave us a scrap book of outtakes from numerous projects in the 80’s  The issue was produced in an issue of 4000 and is no longer available direct from Visionaire but can still be found in online bookstores.

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Clamshell Box

1880s – Craig McDean

1890s – Mats Gustafson

1900s – Nick Knight

1910s – Karl Lagerfeld

1920s – Peter Lindbergh

1930s – Glen Luchford

1940s – Bruce Weber

1950s – David Sims

1960s – Francois Berthoud

1970s – Mario Testino

1980s – Steven Meisel

1990s – Mario Sorrenti

2000s – Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Visionaire 17 – Gold

In 1996, Visionaire released one of their most creatively adventurous and expensively made issues to date, Gold (sometimes mistakenly called Sun Beams). In this issue a wide variety of techniques were used to convey the theme, including holograms, foil stamping, origami, sculpture, gilding and embossing. The collection of loose leaf works came housed in a box designed by Greg Foley which had a hologram at its centre. Opening the box you were greeted by a gilded halo designed by Todd Oldham and a small booklet entitled Midas Touch which included foil stamped fingerprints of fashion’s most famous (Azzedine Alaia and Linda Evangelista to name just two). Exploring further, there were a collection of gold stars on multiple pages of vellum by Philip Taaffe as well as works by Francois Berthoud, Mats Gustafson, Jean Paul-Goude and Andy Warhol. There was also a gatefold tribute to Goldfinger and a booklet by Lamsweerde and Matadin that featured gold stamping over four-colour prints. The issue was limited to 2,500 copies, which at the time was a significant leap in number for Visionaire. Unsurprisingly this issue is hard to come by and has increased considerably in value!

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Visionaire 43 – Dreams

In issue 43, Visionaire turned dreams in to reality. Using the latest precision laser cutting techniques, ethereal images from some of the worlds foremost artists, such as Maurizio Cattelan, Lamsweerde and Matadin, Rachel Whiteread, Simon Periton, Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti, were burnt into black paper; in effect, this whole issue was printed without ink. Each loose leaf image is protected in it’s own colourful metallic page within a hardback book which is housed in a laser cut slipcase, in itself is a work of art. Many of the images can be enjoyed in the book but some really come to life when they are held up to the light against a white background. The issue was limited to 1500 copies, a small print run for Visionaire, and as such is hard to find.

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Detail Shot

Visionaire 58 – Spirit (A Tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen)

Following the tragic death of Alexander McQueen in 2010, long time collaborators Visionaire dedicated a whole issue to his genius. Inside a satin covered case, embellished with metal brocade from the S/S10 collection, are a selection of images created by some of the most respected artists in the art and fashion world such as Lamsweerde and Matadin, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, Steven Klein and Nick Knight. Some of the images included are reproduced from previous issues McQueen collaborated on, such as the lenticular cover for Visionaire 27 of Kate Moss on a swing. The remaining images are printed on paper embedded with wildflower seeds so that if you were crazy enough to plant the pages and water them, the pages would blossom. The issue was limited to just 1500 copies, one of the smallest print runs Visionaire does, and sold out immediately.

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Visionaire 26: Fantasy

For their 26th issue, Visionaire presented the theme Fantasy in a custom made round box. For the cover, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin photographed pieces created especially for the issue by Nicolas Ghesquiere, Viktor & Rolf and Jeremy Scott. Inside the box there was a  carnival mask made of Hermes fabric and a collection of unbound round artwork. As with all Visionaire issues, it brought together an incredible list of artists and designers including Gregory Crewdson, Tim Burton, Karl Lagerfeld, and in a section curated by Isabella Blow, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and David LaChapelle. There are also a number of images by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (with Mert Alas being credited as Matt Alas, a possible print error). In an extra twist on the presentation, one of the cards (an iridescent pink peacock feather) came with instructions on how to convert the card in to a hat.

The Case

The Mask

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin – Pretty Much Everything

In 2006 it was announced that Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin would be releasing a retrospective of their work entitled Pretty Much Everything through publishing house Steidl. I am a huge admirer of their work and waited with baited breath for its release, however it never materialised and it looked like it may never be released. Then last year Taschen announced that they would now be releasing the career retrospective with the same title. Even better, the issue would be a limited edition of 1200 copies and be beautifully housed in a huge slipcase with one of Lamsweerde and Matadin’s iconic images printed on it. I finally received my copy this month, after waiting six years, and it was everything I hoped it would be.

The word Tome gets thrown around a lot when artists release career-spanning books but this really does deserve the description, it is enormous and weighs a ton! The slipcase is beautiful and has been meticulously designed by long time collaborators M/M Paris. The fabric covered case has the image Me Kissing Vinoodh (Eternally) printed on it and, in a nice addition, has an origami silkscreen poster wrapped over one corner.  Inside the case are two volumes signed by the artists and with photos tipped in on the covers. The 666 images inside document their career to date and cover their fine art, fashion and editorial work. As you make your way through the books you are reminded of  just how many iconic images of the last two decades and more were created by the duo. Among my favourite images are those they created with M/M Paris such as Alphabet, AlphamenPunctuation and the Balenciaga campaigns and their work with another of my two favourites Bjork and Visionaire. In addition to the two volumes of images, their is a third book containing essays and interviews that cover the history, inspiration and genius of Lamsweerde and Matadin.

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything

The One That Started It All

If memory serves me right this is one of the first books that triggered my desire for collecting limited edition books. I present, Visionaire 36 – Power. For those of you that haven’t heard of Visionaire before (there can’t be many of you!), it is “a multi-format album of fashion and art produced in exclusive numbered limited editions”. Since buying this one, my collection has expanded to 20 different issues (there are currently 62).

This issue came in an injection moulded plastic case and the book had Bjork on the cover (one of my favourite musicians). Inside, the images were vibrant and printed using a number of different effects. Below are some of my favourite images.
Visionaire 36 Power

The housing

Visionaire 36 Power

Mariko Mori – printed with a rainbow metallic effect

Visionaire 36 Power

Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (my favourite fashion/art photographers)

Visionaire 36 Power

Mario Testino – Pixelated metallic effect

Visionaire 36 Power

Peter Saville – This appealed to daytime me (lecturer in medicine)

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