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:
In the new issue, Tracey Emin bears her burdens for us all. Nathanaëlle Herbelin’s paintings are as complex as human beings. Patti Smith and Stephan Crasneanscki make an homage to Pasolini. And, from behind closed doors, Tobias Meyer coins the “Gay Man's Castle.”
Jackie Wullschläger then delivers an exceptional excerpt from her new Monet biography. Robert Gober reveals new work and an old conundrum. The shadowy strength of Delfine Bafort is captured by Larissa Hofmann and Marie Chaix. Donatien Grau, presenting his collection of Roman coins, turns myth to reality. The skulls and bones of the Sedlec Ossuary are photographed by François Halard. Romeo Castellucci consumes his audience. And Chardin paints not the thing seen, but seeing the thing.