Formerly ever evolving and innovative magazine/platform. Crap, subjective, since issue 29, Woman.
"Few magazines make it onto the block but Visionaire, a 10-year-old quarterly, has already racked up impressive prices in both Sotheby’s and Doyle’s salerooms, with collectors prepared to pay prices into thousands of dollars for back issues.
This quarterly magazine, founded with only $7,000 seed money, is the brainchild of Stephen Gan, 35; James Kaliardos, 34; and Cecilia Dean, 32; it addresses fashion and contemporary art in totally innovative ways. It is exclusive, with a print run of only 6000, and expensive, at $150 a subscription. But then single copies can run from $150 to $425.
There are usually no ads but some issues have had corporate sponsors such as Gucci and De Beers. “The focus is always the image,” says Cecilia Dean, Visionaire’s creative director, from its SoHo gallery and editorial offices. The latest issue is the first one to have a table of contents.
Ms Dean is in touch with virtually every top tier contemporary art dealer on both sides of the Atlantic as well as key museum curators, and the magazine routinely publishes new work of artists such as Elizabeth Peyton, Thomas Demand, Thomas Struth and Tracey Moffatt.
Guest curators have included critic Neville Wakefield and designer Karl Lagerfeld. The recent Paris issue curated by Hedi Slimane, Dior designer, was filled with the work of Thomas Demand and other cutting edge photographers as well as painters and designers.
The presentation is also highly distinctive: one issue was printed on translucent paper; another came nestled in its own Louis Vuitton satchel; the No. 11 issue, "White", employed embossed, die cut, Braille and clear varnish to communicate its editorial spreads. A recent issue was packaged in a forbidding computer-generated, injection-molded plastic case.
The Fashion Institute of Technology honoured the magazine's 10th anniversary with a special exhibition, “Dreaming in Print: A Decade of Visionaire” this past February. “We never intended for it to be a collectible; it just happened,” says Ms Dean." from www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=6693