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Spring 2014

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We're celebrating innovation. When we began putting to- gether this issue, we were very focused on finding the next generation of talent. We wanted to uncover new artists, architects, designers, galleries and landscape designers. After all, what is more exciting than talking to those individuals on the cusp of being exposed on a larger platform? Our research did not go exactly as planned, and while it led us to some intriguing people who are on the verge of stardom, we were also taken by some established stars who are forging a path in a new direction. Our new contributing editor Michael Reynolds introduced us to Vic- toria Sambunaris, the landscape photographer whose first book is being released this April. We instantly fell in love with her work. Sam- bunaris, who received her MFA from Yale, shares her thoughts and in- spirations with us, describing her treks through the American countryside to discover her own moments that feel very personal. Not surprisingly, her work is collected on the institution level. We found ourselves quite taken with Cesar Garcia, who has cre- ated an art space in L.A. that is setting its own parameters and not trying to fit into any specific category. L.A.-based writer Maxwell Williams visits the space and talks to Garcia about his inaugural show with the talented Oscar Murillo and pushing the boundaries of L.A.'s insular art world. Also in L.A., we caught up with Hannah Hoffman and Erin Falls, who recently opened their own gallery space, and are already contributing to the cultural landscape with four exhibitions under their belt already. Our feature story about mega-dealers Tim Blum and Jeff Poe presents another form of innovation. While certainly not new, they are expanding their well-known gallery into New York and Tokyo. "We have to keep ourselves interested," says Poe, who reminisced about how the art world they started their careers in has completely changed. The two are certainly doing their part in keeping it fresh for the rest of us. Writer Julia Cooke takes us inside the Whitney Biennial—helmed this year by three curators, Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grab- ner—who each bring their unique background (media and performance art, fine art publishing and painting and drawing, respectively) to the last biennial being held at the museum's Madison Avenue location. But beyond these innovators is a woman who has reached an entirely different platform in life. I am so proud to feature the performance artist Marina Abramovic´ on this issue's cover. Abramovic´ sat for photographer Jason Schmidt on a cold and snowy February day in New York. Schmidt cleverly captured her omnipresent status with his photograph in our feature, "The Strength Within," on the many Marinas. She has created a life that works for her and has inspired so many others. What is more exciting than that? 36 CULTURED Sarah G. Harrelson Editor-in-Chief Welcome Note Sarah Harrelson at Lyford Cay

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