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CHILD’S PLAY: The always aggressively indie Visionaire may be as close to Disney territory as it will ever get with its 59th issue due to bow this month. The edition, dubbed “Fairytale,” is actually a library of 11 children’s books mostly created by pairing creative types with different creative types. Kirsten Dunst collaborated with the painter Karen Kilimnik on one while another matched “Gossip Girl” author Cecily Von Ziegesar with artist Richard Phillips.
“I love the Viktor & Rolf story, which is probably the most traditional one in the issue,” editor and co-founder Cecilia Dean said. “It’s about a hedgehog that glows in the dark who is mocked for being different, then accepted, then exploited, then accepted again.”
Fittingly, Visionaire will donate a portion of the issue’s proceeds to need-based scholarships at the Blue School, the private East Village elementary school co-founded by members of the Blue Man Group with a decidedly alternative take on education. The issue will get its global unveiling today at a reading the magazine is co-producing with Baibakov Art Projects in Moscow. — M.L.