Archive for Items Categorized 'Art, Artists and Design', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

An English Car Designer Abroad

by Peter Birtwhistle

Recognize the cars on the cover? One man did those and many more, over the course of a 40-year career in which he saw everything—from how to shave clay to designing by committee—change.

Gaston Grümmer: The Art of Carrosserie 

by Philippe-Gaston Grümmer and Laurent Friry

French coachwork from the golden era, from the utilitarian to the unbelievably exotic—and not always practical or even attractive! But the world is a better place for this sort of creativity, and this sort of book.

Tumult in the Clouds: The Aviation Art of Russell Smith

by Jim Wilberg

Not only are 44 examples of Smith’s award-winning paintings shown and described but a dozen learned WW I specialists offer insights into airplanes, historic events, and the challenges of doing proper research.

Lovers and Other Strangers: Jack Vettriano

by Anthony Quinn

Perhaps you’ve seen a print of Vettriano’s The Singing Butler in a friend’s home. Perhaps you own a copy yourself. As wonderful as that painting is, it is overshadowed by the artist’s noir paintings. This book is a fine introduction to the work of this controversial, enigmatic Scottish painter.

New York City Horsepower: An Oral History of Fast Custom Machines

by Michael McCabe

What makes a New York custom bike or car different from those made anywhere else? Or modern ones different from earlier ones? Meet several generations of builders and see their shops and their creations.

Design Between the Lines

by Patrick le Quément, Stéphane Geffray

You’d have to have been sequestered on your private island for the last 50 years not to know the name of the author of this book. Simca, Ford, VW/Audi, Renault—some 60 million cars have Patrick le Quément’s fingerprints on them, and he reshaped his industry.

The Porsche Art Book

by Edwin Baaske (Editor)

Even if Porsches leave you cold and you dismiss the whole “car as art” issue as contrived, you will want to meet these artists and see how they work and think.

The Face of Change: Portraits of Automotive Evolution

by John Nikas & Michael Furman

Cars have changed over time. Obviously. Suppose one analyzed the past and isolated specific reasons, could future change become predictable? If this is too highbrow just geek out on the sumptuous photos.

Mythical Formula One: 1966 to Present

by Marcel Correa

Color drawings of fifty racecars highlight what made each one special and allow comparisons of one car to another.

A Century of Sea Travel: Personal Accounts from the Steamship Era

by Christopher Deakes & Tom Stanley

Relive a distinctive era in the history of transportation by, literally, sneaking a peek over peoples’ shoulders into their letters home or “notes to self.”

The Story of The America’s Cup 1851–2013

by Ranulf Rayner

Lovely paintings of that crucial event, that exact moment on which a race may have turned are accompanied by a lively history of the men and their “ladies” (the boats!) that vied for the “Auld Mug” over the last 150 years.

Gustav Mesmer, Flugradbauer

by Stefan Hartmaier (editor)

A trilingual story of a German inventor/artist/poet who wants to fly—by means of a human-powered flying bicycle or strapping wings to his back. Don’t laugh. It’s a sad story. Or is it?