KLEIN, Steven. Stag Film.

(New York): JMc & GHB editions, 2010. First edition. Folio. Klein’s second photographic artist book, following his 2003 collaboration with Madonna, in this Klein reproduces and sequences 60 black-and-white images culled from a larger photographic series on horse studding. Klein trains his camera on the horse breeding routine involved in collecting a stallions semen for implanting in mares. Quite literally, a stallion is led into the paddock and introduced to a dummy, or phantom mare. Using a combination of artificial inducements the stallion is drawn to mount and penetrates the dummy, into which its semen is projected. The act completed, the stallion descends and is led away. The work continues Klein’s artistic investigation into form, shape, body movement and pose. A fine copy, 60 full page, black & white offset prints staple bound and housed in the publisher’s flimsy, die-cut card box.


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