The late Peter Lindbergh once said, “BLAU is like your favorite restaurant, at which you want to order each and every single dish.” Having been printed in German since 2015, the now international magazine is the new reference point for art journalism, published twice a year. With that, I have come a little closer to my dream of making the most beautiful art magazine in the world. It’s a goal I’ve had since I was 13, when, in my uncle’s garage, I dug up and dusted off countless volumes of seemingly every German art magazine issued after the Second World War.
BLAU International’s distinctive content features scintillating stories and images from today’s and yesteryear’s art worlds: studio visits with the most influential artists of our time, exclusive contributions by acclaimed writers such as Peter Handke, Hanya Yanagihara, and Julian Barnes, portraits by star photographers such as Jamie Hawkesworth, and fashion spreads styled by the renowned Marie Chaix. It is a coffee-table magazine and collector’s item all in one.
We hope you are with us on our journey, traveling the world of art from old to new, obscure to famous, and back again. It’s all in the mix.
In this issue:
Georg Baselitz, at 83, will surprise or even shock in the most in-depth magazine interview of his laborious career. Plus, Deana Lawson talks in rare detail about her miraculous work, saying, “We all have this amazing potential power, the ability to occupy different dimensions of reality at once.”
Other highlights include a fashion editorial by Marie Chaix and Oliver Hadlee Pearch; Mary Boone talking Basquiat, boom, and bust; David Chipperfield detailing his invisible restoration of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie; the deliverance of the sinfully misunderstood Giotto; Raphaela Vogel guiding us through our digital dystopia; Pieter Slagboom admitting he is a problem “in every respect”; ancient stones questioning the origin of man and art; David Salle recalling the early days he let go by in New York; and the ceramics of Miquel Barceló.