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Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in the summer of 1998, this work aims to capture the spirit of the motorcycle and the passion and excitement it has aroused in film, literature, television, and on the road. It depicts 100 models from the first - the 1885 Daimler Einspur - to recent concept bikes. Among those selected on both technical and aesthetic grounds are the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller 1500cc, the pivotal BMW R32, the late-1920s four-passenger Boehmerland/Czechie, the popular 1950s Honda 50 Super Cub, the quintessentially American 1977 Harley Davidson XLCR, and the Ducati 916. Each bike is described in detail, and the book also contains essays which discuss motorcycle-related films, fashion, life-style and history.
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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. --Peggy Moorman
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Book Description Guggenheim Museum. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # think0892072075
Book Description Guggenheim Museum, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0892072075
Book Description Guggenheim Museum, 1998. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition 1998, first printing, no consecutive printings listed. Printed on occasion of the exhibition at Guggenheim Museum, NYC. Large softcover in pictorial wraps without DJ as issued. Condition new, square tight and clean book, no edgewear, spine not creased, sharp corners, no names no underlinings no highlights, no bent page corners, not a reminder. Large thick folio, 432 pages, illustrated throughout, bibliography. Very heavy book will require additional postage for priority or international orders. Seller Inventory # 006254
Book Description Guggenheim Museum, 1998. Condition: New. BEST BUY.OFX/DD. Seller Inventory # 802194
Book Description Guggenheim Museum Publications, New York, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No dj As Issued. Guggenheim Las Vegas Edition. New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 1998. Guggenheim Las Vegas Edition. Paperback. New/no dj as issued. ISBN: 0892072075. Exhibit Catalogue. [Folio] 440p. ill.(400 col plates. Megola Sport 640 cc. on Front Cover. Triumph Hurrican 750cc. on Back Cover.) biblio. New in custom cut and fitted Duralar protector. This museum exhibition catalogue for "The Art Of The Motorcycle: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum" is the first ever for motorcycles. The exhibit opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York on June 20, 1998 and ran until Sept. 20, 1998. Additional venues were: The Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago, Nov. 7, 1998 - March 21, 1999; Guggenheim Museum Bilbau, Nov. 24, 1999 - Sept. 3, 200; and Guggenheim Museum Las Vegas, Fall 2000. Each Exhibition venue had its own Exhibit Catalogue. A New Softcover Exhibit Catalogue in a custom cut and fitted Duralar Protector. Seller Inventory # 105125
Book Description Harry Abrams, New York, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. First edition. New York: Harry Abrams, 2001. First edition. Paperback. New. ISBN:0892072075. Exhibit Catalogue. [Folio] 446 p. : ill. (400 b/w & col._plates & photos). biblio. Photo of Indian Chief Motorcycle on front cover) biblio. Published in conjunction with the first museum exhibition of motorcycles ever,"The Art Of The Motorcycle: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 26-September 12, 1998; The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, November 7, 1998-March 21, 1999; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, November 24, 1999-September 3, 2000; Guggenheim Las Vegas, Fall 2001. New in custom cut and fitted Brodart Archival Clear Mylar Dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 105905