Friday, October 23, 2009

Acne Paper No. 9: Art & Spirituality

Note from the editor-in-chief and creative director

Enlightenment, spirituality, transcendence and paradise - these themes have inspired man since the dawn of civilization. As human beings we sense that there is more going on than meets the eye. Mysterious ideas have been cultivated as
religious and alternative belief systems around the world for longer than most of us care to think about. We are, however, reminded about these energies when entering holy places created by great craftsmen and artists. Even the most
sceptical atheist, when gazing at these icons, paintings and sculptures, feels that there is something godlike about them. If not in their representation, then at least in man’s virtuous gift for creation.

Art, as we know it, has its history in these rooms and that is why we have chosen spirituality as a theme for our irst issue dedicated to art. In the history of civilization, how has art addressed the idea of spirituality, mysticism, the occult, New Age, and the immaterial world? How do artists working today expose and examine the commonly held assumptions about faith, belief, meditation and religious symbols? These and many more questions are discussed in the new issue of our magazine.

Interviews include David Lynch, Marina Abramovic, Alejandro Jodorowsky and AA Bronson. An extensive art portfolio is curated by Lisa Rovner and Neville Wakeield. Gallerist Maureen Paley makes a special homage to the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, while renowned art critic Waldemar Januszczak discusses the lost secrets of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

cover story
A unique collaboration between Tilda Swinton and Paolo Roversi

available worldwide october 19
acne paper 9 launch party october 16 london.