The Art of the Motorcycle
|Autore/i||Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum|
|Editore||Guggenheim Museum||Luogo||Guggenheim Museum|
|Dimensioni||26X31 (cm)||Illustrazioni||Num. ill. col. e b/n n.t.|
|Legatura||bross. ill colori||Conservazione|
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Testo in Inglese.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York June 26-September 20, 1998.
The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago November 7, 1998-March 21, 1999.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao November 24,1999-September 2, 2000.
Guggenheim Las Vegas Fall 2001.
Capturing the spirit of the motorcycle and the passion and excitement it has aroused, this book brings together 100 spectacular motorcycles from the first--the 1885 Daimler Einspur--through the latest in cutting-edge concept bikes.
This book is published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.The Art of the Motorcycle begins with a serious preface by Guggenheim director Thomas Krens, who calls the motorcycle "a quintessential symbol of the insecurity and optimism of our time." At 411 pages long (an ll-page, single-spaced bibliography of motorcycle books carries it over the top), it is a hefty compendium of motorcycle history, culture, design, and science. While the essays range from treatises to such fun stuff as "Bikes were always work for me," a long poem by Dennis Hopper, this thoroughgoing tome is above all a meticulous catalogue of the 96 motorcycles exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum during the summer of 1998, with details about engine design as well as esthetics.
"Another significant innovation is the machine's throttle-controlled oiler," we read of the 1911 electric-orange Flying Merkel Model V. "Lubrication was a continuing problem in the early days ... but Merkel's system ... preceded by nearly two decades both Indian's as well as Harley-Davidson's adoption of this feature." The bikes are documented with crystal-clear photographs in this precision-built book.
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