Juxtapoz Fall 2022
"Virgil was a genius whose entire body was an antenna and who would absorb and turn everything around him in his life into his flesh and blood." —Takashi Murakami on his late friend and collaborator, Virgil Abloh
When we started crafting the Fall 2022 quarterly, knowing we wanted to showcase Virgil Abloh’s posthumous exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, there was always going to be a conversation about his legacy. Most importantly, we wanted to examine what it really means to live an artistic life. Because Virgil defined it. Whether you embrace his prolific output or not, there is no denying that through fashion, music, architecture, design, fine art and collaboration, Virgil Abloh maximized his 41 years on this earth by exploring the range and possibilities of creative projects. He explored them through the simple, joyous impulse to make and share ideas, and in that practice, it made him one of those rare, inspiring people who touch us or change our perception of the surrounding world, who define a period of time in their very omnipresence. As criticism didn’t faze him, he created through an authentic curiosity that allowed for both successes and failures to be appreciated as part of the process. Also, as our culture has been defined by our need to share, Virgil held the mirror back up to us and shared his life in an honest, open way. When he passed away last year, we lost a direct antenna to the 21st-century experience, but his foundational ethos remains a beacon in these uncertain and tumultuous times.