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The art of the motorcycle
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Publication Information:
New York : Guggenheim Museum, [1998]

Physical Description:
427 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Published in conjunction with the exhibition The art of the motorcycle, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, June 26-September 12, 1998. The exhibition is made possible by BMW.
Preface / Thomas Krens -- Issues in the evolution of the motorcycle / Charles M. Falco -- Cycles of paradox / Mark Taylor, José Márquez -- Song of the sausage creature / Hunter S. Thompson -- The art of the motorcycle: Outlaws, animals, and sex machines / Ted Polhemus -- Bikes were always work for me / Dennis Hopper -- Freedom of death: Notes on the motorcycle in film and video / Art Simon -- Bosozoku (motorcycle gangs) / Ikuya Sato -- To the edge: Motorcycles and danger / Melissa Holbrook Pierson -- Inventing the motorcycle: 1868-1919 / Vanessa Rocco -- The machine age: 1922-1929 / Matthew Drutt -- New world orders: 1930-1944 / Matthew Drutt -- Freedom and postwar mobility: 1946-1958 / Greg Jordan -- Popular culture/counterculture: 1960-1969 / Greg Jordan -- Getting aaway from it all: 1969-1978 / Sarah Botts -- The consumer years: 1982-1989 / Sarah Botts -- Retro/revolutionary: 1993-1998 / Ultan Guilfoyle -- Bibliography / Charles M. Falco.
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TL440 .A747 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This magnificent book covers an exhibition that toured the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in 1998/99. Based on their technical and aesthetic merits, more than 100 motorcycles were chosen for entry in this exhibit which spans the history of the motorcycle from the first production bike to 21st-century prototypes; each entry is accompanied by a detailed description. Essays by Dennis Hopper, Hunter S. Thompson and Ikuy Sato, among others, examine the motorcycle in film, fashion, popular culture and history, and explore our fascination with the two-wheeled machine. Beautiful photographs, many full page, enhance this volume which should please both motorcycle and design enthusiasts. Distributed by Abrams. Oversize: 10x12"Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR