October 20, 2011“How I find myself as the chief editor is still not clear to me,” says Francesco Bonami, the editor in chief of the biannual art publication Tar Magazine. “But, however, it happened, and it’s a lot of fun.” Bonami, who runs the magazine along with editorial director Martina Mondadori and fashion director Coco Brandolini, swooped in and took the reins for the third issue after the magazine got complicated under the old guard. “The magazine looked expensive, but in fact it was too expensive to make,” he explains.
Now on his sixth issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow, Bonami and his team of Italians have made a name for themselves with their bold choices and an impressive lineup of contributors (like Wolfgang Tillmans, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and James Franco). In the process, Bonami says, he learned “fear eats your soul, and if you stay slightly ahead of the curve doing what you like, rather than figuring out what the others are doing, the result is a very particular, interesting, and unexpected magazine.”
The latest Urs Fischer-designed issue includes a feature on Rockaway Beach in New York—”where the ghetto meets the Atlantic”—lensed by Roe Ethridge, a piece on cars photographed by Giorgio Bellia, and another feature shot by Yelena Yemchuk called “Decolletage Extreme.” Style.com has an exclusive inside look at the new Tar. What should you expect from issue seven? “No prisoners.”
Photos: Courtesy of Tar Magazine; Yelena Yemchuk