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Steve LaBate | Photo: Courtesy of The High Museum of Art | February 20, 2014
From an exquisite exhibition to coffee-table tomes—stock up on some serious muscle.
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
A rear-mounted camera with a screen in the dash? No big deal. Unless, of course, you’re talking about the astonishingly forward-thinking 1956 Buick Centurion. This sleek, gorgeously designed machine—and 16 other groundbreaking automobiles spanning 1933 to present day—will be on display at the High Museum of Art from May 21 to Sept. 27. “The Dream Cars exhibition is about possibility,” says curator Sarah Schleuning. “It’s about ideas and technology that generated excitement, enthusiasm and hope for the future.” Dream Cars will feature some of the “rarest and most imaginative” cars ever—classics by Ferrari, GM and Porsche, as well as obscure but brilliant gems like Paul Arzens’ L’Oeuf Electrique (the Electric Egg), a three-wheel, 75-pound electric car designed in response to petrol shortages during the German occupation of Paris. In addition to these marvels of innovative design, the exhibition will include works on paper, conceptual drawings, scale models, historic video and more. “We’re really trying to give people a sense of these cars not only as beautiful objects,” Schleuning says, “but of the excitement they inspired in the moment they were created.” 1280 Peachtree Road
The Aston Martin Book
From Sean Connery in Goldfinger to Daniel Craig in Skyfall, Aston Martin’s luxury sports cars have not only been 007’s vehicle of choice, they’ve embodied our favorite British agent’s sophistication, sexiness and elegance. For the new The Aston Martin Book ($150, teneues.com) out in June, publisher TeNeues has tapped photographer René Staud, whose brilliant eye and deft use of lighting vividly capture the undeniably unique essence of one of the most innovative, elegant and enduring automobile manufacturers in history.
BMW: Motorcycles of the Century
Spanning 77 years, from 1923 to 2000, this comprehensive look at the German car company’s two-wheeled finery is an essential read for any gearhead looking to pick up a vintage BMW motorbike. Detailed, insightful and visually striking, Skira Rizzoli’s Motorcycles of the Century ($60, rizzoliusa.com) was penned by two ardent motorcycle enthusiasts; Massimo Bonsignori, a restoration specialist and Claudio Somazzi, a journalist and entrepreneur. Together they bring meticulous passion and in-depth knowledge to a volume that will be celebrated by serious collectors. Find it on shelves after March 4.