Friday, May 6, 2011

Speed, Style and Beauty: The Ralph Lauren Car Collection

Bugatti and Bentley, Alfa and Aston, Mercedes and McLaren - these are not merely cars, they are some of the most exquisite automobiles ever assembled, selected by Ralph Lauren, one of the most foremost designers of our time. This breathtaking volume, which accompanies a major exhibition at the MFA, Boston, features 29 of these wonders-from such unparalleled masterpieces as the 1930 Mercedes Benz "Count Trossi," the 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia, and the 1938 Bugatti Atlantic Coupe to marvels from Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, and eve a Ford "Woody"-each of these vehicles is bautifully and lovingly photographed and presented with authoritative elegance. Complimenting the images are sketches of these and other cars-rarely seen drawings that give insight into the conceptual and development stages of the automobiles. Speed, Style, and Beauty is the first book on cars to center its discussion squarely on the car's role as an art object. The 29 chapters, by two of the best known cars...