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Visionaire is a company based in New York City that creates films, experiences, and events in addition to an eponymous publication that intersect art, fashion, film, and contemporary culture across multiple platforms. Artists and designers often work in collaboration with Visionaire to produce interpretations on a theme.[1]

Visionaire was founded in 1991 by Cecilia Dean, James Kaliardos, and Stephen Gan.[2] Dean and Kaliardos continue to lead the company.[3]

Visionaire publication

Visionaire has published 67 editions since its inception in 1991.[4] It is one of only two still remaining out of a 1994 Vanity Fair list of 10 "upstart" magazines to watch, alongside Surface.[5] Fashion designers Rei Kawakubo (of Comme des Garçons), Tom Ford (for Gucci), Hedi Slimane (for Dior Homme), and Riccardo Tisci (for Givenchy) have guest-edited issues. Karl Lagerfeld, John Baldessari, and Steven Klein have been guest artists.[6]

Other contributors include Steven Meisel, Inez & Vinoodh, Mert and Marcus, Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons, Kate Moss, Barbara Kruger, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, Vik Muniz, Maurizio Cattelan, and Marina Abramović.[7]

The issue's price often reflects its format. For example, edition 18 Fashion Special Louis Vuitton contained a Louis Vuitton pouch within its own leather and was reportedly sold at an auction for $5,000. The price can also be an indication as to the limited number in distribution; it often fluctuates based on available inventory.[8]

In addition to the original Visionaire, the company launched three offshoot magazines: V (1999), VMan (2003), and with Carine Roitfeld, CR Fashion Book (2012).[9]

In 2014, Dean, Kaliardos, and Gan divided their partnership. Dean and Kaliardos retained the company Visionaire, including the publication Visionaire, while Gan retained V and VMan.[6]

Installation

Visionaire has exhibited in New York, Miami, Tokyo, São Paolo, Moscow, Seoul, and Beijing.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

They first curated shows for their former SoHo offices, including works by Inez & Vinoodh, Alex Katz, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, and Richard Phillips.[16][17] The 2006 show “Megazines” displayed back issues of current and out-of-print independent publications.[18]

In 2003, Visionaire premiered the three-dimensional film and sound installation 130919, A Portrait of Marina Abramović, directed by Matthew Placek, at Art Basel Miami Beach.[19]

They began creating public art installations for Cadillac House in downtown Manhattan in 2016. An early show featured an automotive assembly-line robot reprogrammed to draw visitors’ portraits.[20] Toiletpaper magazine, The Richard Avedon Foundation, and Daniel Arsham have also collaborated with Visionaire on these installations.[21][22][23]

In 2017, Visionaire screened their virtual reality film KAWS: A VR Experience for free at the New York Public Library.[24]

Visionaire has exhibited their own Visionaire publications at venues including Colette, Dover Street Market, and Frieze Art Fair.[25][26][27]

VisionaireFILM

Visionaire began producing short films in 2013, often with a focus on the creative processes of artists and fashion designers.[28]

Films have featured Dior, Elie Saab, Valentino, and John Baldessari.[29]

Their film 130919, A Portrait of Marina Abramović was an official selection of Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, and Braunschweig International Film Festival.[28]

VisionaireFILM’s One Look series documented the making of a dress shown at the Dior Haute Couture SS15 show. The second film of the series documented the making of the set at Marc Jacobs' RTW FW15 show. The third depicted the making of Viktor & Rolf's wearable art FW15 Haute Couture collection, and the fourth showed Valentino's new mascot making its first appearance at their FW15 haute couture collection. These films have garnered over 2 million views.

References

  1. ^ "Visionaire | About | Visionaire". Visionaire. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  2. ^ Susan E. Thomas (Spring 2007). "Zeroing In on Contemporary, Independent Visual Arts Magazines Zeroing In on Contemporary, Independent Visual Arts Magazines". Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America. 26 (1). JSTOR 27949453.
  3. ^ Moss, Hilary. "Cecilia Dean: The Woman Behind Art's Unrivalled Publication, Visionaire". 1 Granary. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ Publication, VisionaireWorld (1991 - 2018). "Visionaire is the highly collectible publication based in New York City". www.visionaireworld.com. Retrieved 2018-06-12. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Jennie Yabroff, Special to The Chronicle (November 28, 2004). "Beneath the Surface / San Francisco design zine, now 10, has spread influence far and wide and enjoyed a surge of interest for its innovative approach". SFGate. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "A Parting of the Ways at Visionaire". The New York Times. 2014-08-27. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  7. ^ Publication, VisionaireWorld (1991 - 2018). "Visionaire is the highly collectible publication based in New York City". www.visionaireworld.com. Retrieved 2018-06-12. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "Visionaire". Visionaireworld. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "How 'Visionaire' Became Much More Than a Traditional Print Magazine". Fashionista. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  10. ^ "Past Corporate Sponsors | Fashion Institute of Technology". www.fitnyc.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  11. ^ "bangertprojects - VISIONAIRE EXHIBITION". www.bangertprojects.com. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  12. ^ "Visionaire magazine exhibition opens in Moscow". The Calvert Journal. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  13. ^ "How to be fashionable and stylish". koreatimes. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  14. ^ "The Art of Going Commercial. Public talk: Anton Belov and Cecilia Dean". Garage. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  15. ^ "CHAO Events - Past Events". ilovechao.com. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  16. ^ Mason, Christopher (February 18, 1999). "When An Office Strikes A Pose". New York Times.
  17. ^ "Love at Work". Flash Art. 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  18. ^ ""Megazines" at Visionaire". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  19. ^ "The Artist Is 3D: An Immersive Portrait of Marina Abramović". Creators. 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  20. ^ "Cadillac and Visionaire unveil 'AUTOPORTRAIT' exhibit featuring artist-robot ADA0002". media.gm.com. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  21. ^ Garced, Kristi (2017-02-09). "Visionaire Unveils 'Toiletpaper Paradise' Exhibit With Maurizio Cattelan". WWD. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  22. ^ "Cadillac and Visionaire present "Richard Avedon – Moving Image" in collaboration with The Richard Avedon Foundation". media.gm.com. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  23. ^ "Cadillac and Visionaire present "Richard Avedon – Moving Image" in collaboration with The Richard Avedon Foundation". media.gm.com. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  24. ^ "A Peek at Visionaire's Virtual Reality Experience at The New York Public Library". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  25. ^ "Gap and Dover Street Market Take On Frieze New York | Artinfo". Artinfo. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  26. ^ "Dover Street Market NY Is Getting the Largest Collection of Comme des Garçons Publications Ever Assembled". Complex. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  27. ^ "Gap Visionaire T Shirt Collaboration - Tees". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  28. ^ a b Publication, VisionaireWorld (1991 - 2018). "Visionaire is the highly collectible publication based in New York City". www.visionaireworld.com. Retrieved 2018-06-14. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  29. ^ Publication, VisionaireWorld (1991 - 2018). "Visionaire is the highly collectible publication based in New York City". www.visionaireworld.com. Retrieved 2018-06-14. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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