From the beginning, we thought of Visionaire as an album of inspiration, a collection of our favorite images, which could take on any number of possible themes and formats. Looking at this issue (and later at Issue 6, The Sea), people took to describing it as a cross between National Geographic, a children's book (The Little Prince comes to mind), and a fashion magazine. This seemed pretty accurate. At that time, travel-physical travel around the globe as well as metaphysical travel of the mind-seemed a natural topic for our second issue (more than a decade later, it's hard to remember why). But studying Mats Gustafson's Istanbul watercolors and Juan Botas's Spanish bullfight, we were reminded how one can find the romance of a faraway land, mythical or real, so alluring. With the first issue to show, it was much easier to convince artists and photographers we didn't know or had never worked with to let us publish their personal work. Mats Gustafson, Bruce Weber, Kenny Scharf, Serge Lutens, and Todd Oldham appeared in Visionaire for the very first time. The designer Isabel Toledo (who is also the wife of contributor Ruben Toledo) insisted on tying up each individual issue with black thread that mimicked the string Ruben had drawn around the sun on the cover. The Washington Post called it ''Paper and ink as performance art''-as great a compliment then as it is today.
Limited Edition of 1000 numbered copies.
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