KALEIDOSCOPE’s first issue of 2016 is just about to hit shelves and blow minds. Before that happens, let’s take a final look back at the great ride that was our Art&Sex Edition, celebrating KALEIDOSCOPE’s 25th issue, and the several collateral offerings that accompanied its release.


At Frieze London’s Reading Room, we organized a panel discussion led by Francesca Gavin between British artists Celia Hempton and Julie Verhoeven on the representation of sex and the human body in contemporary art. Hempton is known for her intimate paintings of cropped individuals captured on the Internet as well as during sittings. Verhoeven is known for her practice encompassing drawing, video, installation and fashion.


To coincide with our participation in FIAC, Officielle and Paris Internationale in Paris in October, we organized a pop-up exhibition of Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer at the Études Studio flagship store in the Marais district. Pfeiffer features in the issue with an interview by Nicolas Trembley, detailing his journey from growing up in the Swiss countryside to becoming the eye of Zurich’s underground scene and one of the world’s most influential photographers.


#COCKSANDCUNTS is a video program put together by curator and writer Francesca Gavin as part of the KALEIDOSCOPE Videoclub. Selected works by The ARKA group, Adham Faramawy, Richard Kern, Reija Merlainen, Julie Verhoeven, John Walter and Zoe Williams explore the representation of sexuality and the naked body, veering from fetishism to playful humour, from choreographed performance to an almost abstract approach.


#CAPITAL is the new online video exhibition dedicated to Los Angeles-based artist Charlie White as part of the KALEIDOSCOPE Videoclub. Selected works from 2004 to 2013 regard the adolescent American girl, looking at the national value of youth as power and aesthetic weaponry. The selection revisits White’s focus on the gravity of representation, and how our representations of and for teenagers define 21st-century society.


On the occasion of the exhibition “Hans Schärer: Madonnas and Erotic Watercolors,” KALEIDOSCOPE’s associate editor Alexander Shulan moderated an artist talk at New York’s Swiss Institute. Based and expanding on “Sex on Paper,” a selection of erotic works on paper curated by New York-based painter Mathew Cerletty in the Art&Sex Edition, the talk featured Cerletty alongside artists Jonah Koppel, Emily Mae Smith and Betty Tompkins.


To celebrate the new year, illustrator Apollonia Saintclair took over KALEIDOSCOPE’s Instagram account with a series of ink drawings entitled “Let’s Get Lost Tonight,” expanding on her print feature in the Art&Sex Edition.