YNGVE HOLEN: Engines Turn, or Passengers Swim

Emerging from the 3D-printed rubble of Berlin’s “post-Internet” art scene, the Norwegian artist YNGVE HOLEN is a cold empiricist and a slapstick comedian. With sculptural test-subjects ranging from minor appliances (tea kettles and washing machines) to high-industrial behemoths (commercial airliners and CT scanners), his works map the anatomical features of a new human-machine eco-system.
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Dark Matter: ANDRO WEKUA

“I’m trusting you here alone,” ANDRO WEKUA’s assistant says, as she leaves me in the studio to go get coffee. Wekua, she tells me, is running late. I begin to wonder what type of trouble I could get into on my own in this space. The sky outside is grey and it bathes the room…
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Online and Unmoored: In Search of PRINCESS NOKIA

How does one cut through the fog, particularly as an artist who’s built an aesthetic by sourcing from the past? Princess Nokia is unfazed, though. The pervasiveness of tech nostalgia propels her forward and stokes her imagination. Princess Nokia premieres her video for "Nokia" along with a profile by Matthew Grumbach.
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Aries Aries Rising HOOD BY AIR

HOOD BY AIR is a phenomenon. The NYC-based label is run by Shayne Oliver, a 26-year-old designer from East New York, Brooklyn. In 2006, at 18, Oliver and friend Raul Lopez started Hood by Air as a T-shirt line that exaggerated the graphic and fit of 1990s streetwear brands like FUBU, Enyce, and Eckō. The…
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Black is a Hard Drug: ODILE DECQ

According to I.M. Pei, architects don’t really know what they’re doing until they reach 60. Which means that 58-year-old ODILE DECQ is rather precocious, since she has already entered a mature phase of her career with large, complex projects such as the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, the FRAC Bretagne in Rennes, the just-completed Pavillon 8 in Lyon, and the forthcoming Museum of Homo …
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Of Cats and a Unimog: STANLEY KUBRICK and his Driver, EMILIO D’ALESSANDRO

Someone driving around the English countryside near Mentmore on a cold Saturday night in the late 90s might have encountered a tableau as eerie as it was bizarre and affecting. Approaching the dramatically lit, turreted Victorian manor that was built for a Rothschild, a car stood still, moved forward a few meters, and then stopped again. A bearded, disheveled-looking man in his 60s or 70s, …
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The CHERMAYEFF Century

For the newest wave of cultural observers, the name CHERMAYEFF may not mean much. But to flip through the hidebound epic of their collective lives, is to realize the depths of their influence in the world of architecture and design. Their tale has been spinning out for more than a century.
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HANS HOLLEIN: The Showroom Master

He’s designed mesmerizing interiors to display candles, Monets, and Bronze Age ceramics. His use of media, technology, and spectacle was prescient. He’s long understood that commerce is cultural and that culture is commercial. His bold call for a “Return to Architecture” is only made stronger by his declaration that “Everything Is Architecture.” It’s time to rediscover HANS HOLLEIN.
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The story of NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE and how BALENCIAGA became 21st Century Fashion

On November 5, 2012, Balenciaga announced that it was parting ways with its creative director of 15 years: the legendary innovator NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE, who for months following his departure remained quiet amidst endless rumor and speculation about his plans for the future – and, significantly, about those plans’ potential impact on the future of the industry. For 032c, Ghesquière not only …
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We Do What We Want

ROBERT SILVERS ignores the market. He’s also the juggernaut behind the New York Review of Books. Robert Silvers doesn’t skip a beat; his heart operation is behind him. The 82 ­year ­old is in his kingdom, the editorial offices of The New York Review of Books. The gentleman of large stature wears a dark suit and…
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THE WOLF STANDS/CRIES ALONE

FRITZ J. RADDATZ: Quite possibly the brightest – and certainly the best dressed – culture journalist Germany had ever seen. As a major player at the respected weekly Die Zeit in the 1970s and 80s, he shaped the cultural life of West Germany. Always on the Left but never a “lefty,” he drove a Porsche when it was more fashionable to go to demonstrations. He brought James Baldwin to the …
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Sublime Futurism: ITALO ZUCCHELLI

Happiness may be for the simple minded, but optimism, the American way, has never looked as smart as it does in the hands of ITALO ZUCCHELLI. Six year creative director for CALVIN KLEIN Men’s collection, Zucchelli is known for grafting the infallible promise of technology – the 21st century’s cultural hope – to the fiber of masculine elegance, propelling formal wear light years ahead of …
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SUPREME NEW YORK

“The fashion industry doesn’t understand SUPREME” says the stylist ANDREW RICHARDSON, who has helped facilitate several projects with the label including a calendar with Larry Clark. “And that doesn’t bother James one bit. They want James out and about, paying for dinners and hosting parties. But he’s not. Fashion people want something that is uncomplicated and easy to digest – those are the …
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Not a Revolution, But an Evolution: LUCAS OSSENDRIJVER’s Lanvin Homme

“I am not looking for world domination or the biggest salary. The freedom I have is what’s most important.” It may seem like a strange thing for a high-fashion designer to say about his profession, but LUCAS OSSENDRIJVER says it with sincerity. The Dutchman at the helm of LANVIN HOMME just happens to be one of the most influential men’s wear designers working today.
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FERNANDO ROMERO

A young architect designs a thirty-four million dollar museum in MEXICO CITY, with fine art (think Rodin) and free admission for the world's third richest man – who just happened to be his father-in-law. Here's FERNANDO ROMERO.
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WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN: Conflict, Compassion and the Process of Understanding

When William T. Vollmann was 22 years old, he decided that he would write a book about the plight of the Afghan people, who were then engaged in battle against the Soviets. He planned to travel to Pakistan and document the misery of Afghan refugees, then sneak across the border and photograph the courageous deeds of the mujahideen struggling to repel the invaders. In addition to the written …
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The Black Marketeers of the Bahnhof Zoo

The idea that 1989 came out of thin air speaks volumes about historical insensitivities and limited horizons. Indeed, the fall of the Berlin Wall was preceded by years of erosion and attrition through backdoor networks and the resourcefulness of the undisclosed. Historian KARL SCHLÖGEL looks at the molecular movements on the margins of history, which are much more powerful than any deeds of …
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Who Is STEVEN MEISEL?

Fashion’s ultimate enigma has had Vogue Italia's cover under his spell for the past twenty years, nonstop. Considered the world’s greatest fashion photographer, a rare interview gets us just that much closer to finding out: Who is STEVEN MEISEL?
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Art Under Construction

The bunker on Reinhardtstraße was completed for the Reichsbahn in 1942 and designed to offer protection to some 3,000 travelers from the Bahnhof Friedrichstraße. And up until 2003, things took place there that its original builders wouldn’t have been capable of imagining, even in their worst nightmares. A portrait of art collector CHRISTIAN BOROS and his collection's new home in a renovated …
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