Blau International - Issue 2
“BLAU is like your favourite restaurant, at which you want to order each and every single dish,” said the late Peter Lindbergh. Having been published in Germany since 2015, BLAU is now going global as the new reference for international art journalism, published twice a year. Its unique blend of content features intriguing stories and images of today's art world: be it studio visits with the most influential artists of our time, exclusive contributions by acclaimed writers such as Karl-Ove Knausgård, Siri Hustvedt and Julian Barnes, or portfolios by star photographers such as François Halard. BLAU INTERNATIONAL is a coffee-table magazine and collectors’ item combined into one.
On the cover: a 30 pages special honouring the late, visionary Michel Majerus with contributions by – among others – Christopher Wool and Takashi Murakami. Also in this issue: a conversation with Betye Saar, Nobel-Prize-Winner Peter Handke on Nicolas Poussin, Christina Quarles reconfiguring the body politics ofpainting, the world premiere of John Baldessari’s last works with an essay by his former student David Salle, Bruno Bischofberger showing and talking alpine farmer’s armoires, Ian Buruma on the the kinky encounter of Hans Bellmer and Butoh mastermind Tatsumi Hijikata, Andy Hall meeting fellow super collector Tom Hill, François Halard breaking into Michelangelo Antonioni’s and Monica Vitti’s doomed Love nest on Sardinia, Yayoi Kusama’s lost performance, Sterling Ruby on the crucifixes of Lucio Fontana, Siri Hustved on Munch’s “Puberty“ and the eternal mysteries of Pieter Saendramen’s church interiors.