032c iss. 35 – A Museum for James Baldwin. On the cover Gucci Mane.
032c iss. 35: “You can’t sleep with a yacht. You can’t make love to a Cadillac, though everyone appears to be trying to.” In 032c iss. 35, we publish a 25-page dossier that celebrates the material world of American writer JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987), an exile and a prophet whose commitment to love, justice, and fearlessness serves as a guide to our discordant present.
Cover star KIKO MIZUHARA embraces transhumanist pleasures on the streets of Tokyo. PETRA COLLINS photographs newly canonized rap pope GUCCI MANE at an altar of art and flowers in Miami. Meanwhile in London, make-up artist ISAMAYA FRENCH is the oracle of un-wellness, peeling back the mask on a 387-billion euro industry.
French sociologists LUC BOLTANSKI and ARNAUD ESQUERRE unveil a new economy of enrichment, fueled by our obsession with sneakers, art, and luxury real estate, and new work by artist SETH PRICE zooms in on consumer culture, merchandise, and textile production. HANS ULRICH OBRIST and VIRGIL ABLOH ask superstar painter MARLENE DUMAS how she says “yes” – and art book publishing magnate BENEDIKT TASCHEN gets lucky saying “yes” to everything in art. We look through the keyhole to FRANCIS BACON’s past life as a modernist interior designer, and Chengdu photographer and propagandist FENG LI takes photos in Shanghai. We portray TOLIA TITAEV, co-founder of PACCBET and Moscow’s OCTYABR skate shop, and ADRIANO SACK pulls at the threads of streetwear to show us the deep-running influence of the acid-tinged fashions of 1990s CLUBWEAR.
Finally, we review our favorite books of the season, and get to the root of all things with PEGGY GOU, WIZ KHALIFA, EDOUARD LOUIS, HARLEY WEIR, DIS, EUGENE WHANG, WILL WELCH and YOON AHN.