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Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Magazine Alert: tar

Well, not exactly a magazine. Instead, the creators of tar, a new 300-page biannual, are calling it a high-caliber art and fashion book. And despite a name rife with bad pun play, we're totally on board. The masthead heaves with biggies, i.e. Bill Powers (from Purple) as artistic director and Emma Reeves (from Another) as photo director, while the ever-important creative director is Neville Wakefield, who scored a rare editorial by Ryan McGinley for the premiere issue, set to launch at Frieze Art Fair in London before hitting newsstands in October. Other contributors include artist Julian Schnabel, who shot Benicio del Toro for the cover (your first look is below), Juergen Teller, David Sherry, Richard Prince, Terry Richardson, former Imitation of Christ designer Matt Damhave and Nate Lowman, who did the back cover, a riff on Andy Warhol's Vote McGovern poster from 1972. The idea for tar came from BlackBook founder Evanly Schindler and Maurizio Marchiori of Diesel. Oh, wait, now we get the title.

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