Sunday, April 5, 2009

the art of surprise

Visionaire, the limited-edition art and fashion publication, has released their 55th issue: Surprise. The first 2009 release of their thrice annual "gallery in print", Surprise features one of my favorite art forms...the pop-up. I know I recently posted a pop-up entry, but you just can't pass up on the beauty and brilliance dished up by Visionaire. Surprise contains 12 hardcover pop-up books with the likes of Sophie Calle, Mario Testino, Yayoi Kusama and Alasdair McLellan featured inside, bound in a beautiful purple, portable case.

Getting your paws on a Visionaire galerie à aller isn't easy or cheap. There's a $750 starting price for one of the 4,000 per issue produced, though collectors have been known to spend upwards of $5,000 on a single issue, like #18: Fashion Special, which came packaged in a Louis Vuitton portfolio case. Other popular issues include #53: Sound, which featured contributions from over 100 recording artists, including David Byrne, Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono and Animal Collective, and #37: Vreeland Memos, which features four-hundred original and intimate memos from Diana Vreeland to her staff at Vogue dating from 1966 to 1972.

Be sure to visit the Visionaire site to see a video on Surprise.

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