Issue #16 — Winter 2008/2009: Post-America

“A new world is coming into being almost unnoticed,” JOHN GRAY tells HANS ULRICH OBRIST about the political and financial unrest in the “Post-American Age”; photographer STEVEN MEISEL reveals fashion’s cruel and beautiful in a rare interview with PIERRE ALEXANDRE DE LOOZ (plus a 14-page foldout madness of all his Vogue Italia covers);

architect WES JONES illustrates Dubai and the effects of superabundance; artist ELAINE STURTEVANT tackles copy, copyright, and the ready-made; writer INGO NIERMANN portrays architect JÜRGEN MAYER H. as Germany’s greatest architecture hope since Bauhaus; art critic PETER RICHTER depicts artist RALF ZIERVOGEL’s world image in which someone exerts plausibility;

artists ROTHSTAUFFENBERG stage a masquerade ball in the Grand Hotel gone bad in Mozambique; product designers ONKAR KULAR and NOAM TORAN present the MacGuffin Library; stylist JOE MCKENNA encapsulates the season’s best moments in fashion; photographers MAX FARAGO and ALASDAIR MCLELLAN bring on “THE NUDES”; entrepreneur and art collector JEAN PIGOZZI mixes glamour with getting to bed early; artist collective ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS consecrate a summer of love;

the BERLIN REVIEW reflects on ten events, projects, and people from the past six months in Berlin; and so much more on 246 pages …

Contributors: Tabassom Charaf, Nick Currie, Roger Deckker, Max Farago, Oliver Helbig, item idem, Shanay Jhaveri, Alexey Kiselev, Onkar Kular, Holger Liebs, Joe McKenna, Alasdair McLellan, Steven Meisel, Tobias Moorstedt, Alex Needham, Ingo Niermann, Jean Pigozzi, Jones, Partners: Architecture, Sebastian Preuss, Sameer Reddy, Peter Richter, RothStauffenberg, Alice Ryan, Tobias Timm, Noam Toran, Clay Winston, Tobias Zielony, Ralf Ziervogel

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