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Bidoun

With a mix of critical irony, quality content and an eclectic roster of contributors, the magazine created a “vernacular disorientalism.”

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Sophia Al-Maria

The Qatari-American artist stepped out of the Gulf into the global experience of the consumer world.

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Asia Edition

Chen Wei

Recalling the revolution of early club culture in China, a photographic series reproduces midnight’s dream-like atmosphere, when dance halls are a form of society and togetherness is love.

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Cover Story: Robert Longo

Grown up from an avid consumer of films and TV to taking in most sources from the Internet, American artist Robert Longo is rooted in a generation interested in…

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Gender Fluidity and Post-Identity

Like all fluids humans excrete, language is sticky. “Gender fluidity” and “post-identity” are two trending terms designed to thrust us into a queer-for-all future…

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Asia Edition

Beauty Complex

As academia pays little to no attention to the fleeting beauty in pop culture, societies obsess over aesthetic standards, with artists delving into the depths of the surface…

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Cover Story: Vanessa Beecroft

Best known for her iconic performances featuring formations of subjects, mostly women, the artist creates each work following a flat and frontal image that is sharp in her mind.

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TASCHEN’s Sexy Books

Alessio Ascari: When and how did TASCHEN’s “Sexy Books” series come about, and how did you get involved? Dian Hanson: Benedikt Taschen started his publishing company in 1980…

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Asia Edition

Beauty In Motion

The image of Buddha went through continuous transformations as it synthesized with cultural contexts over time, revealing a nomadic, plural and progressive notion of beauty. Your form…

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Walter Pfeiffer

Growing up in the Swiss countryside, a boy with a tendency for one-sided love found his way to becoming the eye of Zurich’s underground scene and one of the world’s most influential…

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Asia Edition

Wong Kar Wai

In the films of Hong Kong’s most international filmmaker, the ravishing beauty of characters, costumes, and interiors reimagine the real and replace it with a collective fantasy…

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SUPERIMAGES

What does “iconic” mean today? Is it something that can be boiled down to a square-cropped image on Instagram? If so, is there any room left for the conceptual?

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Asia Edition

Makoto Azuma

Situated in the tradition of ikebana yet using unconventional methods, the flower artist addresses the dialectic of beauty and decay, artificiality and nature. CT: Balance in Japanese…

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Gaspar Noé

Each edition of the Cannes Film Festival needs a good deal of sex and scandal to make it lively, to grab the attention of the press and of a large part of the audience. Since Luis Buñuel…

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Katy Grannan

In a society that values notoriety and celebrity, acknowledging suffering is an act of disruption. In her photographic series and a new feature film, American artist Katy Grannan immersed herself…

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COLORS MAGAZINE

COLORS was a magazine created by photographer Oliviero Toscani and art director Tibor Kalman in 1991 to show the world to the world. With a keen attention to the power of images, it became a point of reference for many in the editorial…

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Sense and Virtuality

Sex on screens captures but two senses, but meat bodies are blessed with five—if not six! Here, the interplay of sex, sense and visual culture is the hot topic of discussion…

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The Internet

In the context of a heteronormative commercial mainstream, the duo’s outspoken singer is at the forefront of a new breed of emancipatory queer hip hop—but is she also the epitome…

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Asia Edition

Yanyan Huang

Rampant bad taste and sexual repression are fighting against it, but for the Chinese artist/designer, beauty’s revolutionary potential is that it can be found anywhere…

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Asia Edition

Issey Miyake & Irving Penn

The Japanese fashion designer and the American photographer were a match made in heaven, redefining beauty with a signature aesthetic that injected popular culture with a shot…

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Asia Edition

Lee Bul

The Korean artist’s sculptures and installations explore the processes that form representations of femininity, questioning the myth of technological perfection. In works like Majestic…

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