A Guide issue 2 —
Issue 2 turns its attention to all things equestrian. Showing the flair for a curatorial approach that marked its birth, A Guide deftly weaves its chosen theme through the issue. And, once again, it demonstrates that a well curated title needs to balance the obvious with the more tangential in order to enable the audience to follow easily without getting bored.
In the case of the former, Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann’s contribution is as literal as it could get; literally photographs of horses. But, in their beautiful images of magnificent beasts shot against stark black backgrounds, we are reminded of so many traditions in painting, perhaps most significantly of George Stubbs and his 18th century experiments with stark backgrounds as a means of highlighting the awesome anatomy of a thoroughbred. Unlike Stubbs' works, these horses are shot in repose, the fiery power within merely a potential.
Horsey business weaves its way through everything from articles on the economics of transporting horses by air to the architecture of an exclusive contemporary riding school; from a reflection on the history of French luxury brand Hermès to the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.