Bibliotheca — Middle Plane
Middle Plane Magazine
Born in London in 2018, Middle Plane is a printed magazine that straddles the worlds of visual art and fashion.
Each issue features a guest artist who is a significant figure on the international art stage. It supports artists and professionals in the worlds of art and fashion by creating new and exciting collaborative pieces. In other words,
the magazine is a facilitator of new projects, which allows artists to form and organize the issue they direct. The results are unpredictable, critical, and eerie, and, above all, new to the magazine landscape. Previous issues were led by the estate of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and by Maggi Hambling.
The latest Issue No. 4 of the magazine is a collaboration between Middle Plane and the estate of late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude in celebration of their lasting legacy and impact on the creative landscape. The issue reads as a posthumous visual interview made up of photo series and works by different creatives in response to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s artistry. Techniques such as wrapping, draping, color blocking, and experimentation with scale are employed by a new generation of contributing artists, in editorials which include: A dramatically silhouetted Yohji Yamamoto fashion story set against a vast landscape, lensed by Will Waterworth and inspired by The Umbrellas
(1984–91); an ode to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s penchant for fabric, styled and shot by Camille Waddington;
and a study of shop frontages – closed due to lockdown restrictions – by Jack Day, a tribute to an ongoing project
from 1964 titled Show Cases, Show Windows, and Store Fronts Duane Michal’s Tower of Letters is a visual love letter to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, while Nigel Shafran’s story of packaging indicates Christo’s early Inventory series.