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Motor Racing: “The Art Of Competition – Racing Posters” (RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby's LogoIn motor racing, a win or podium finish is often immortalized with the reward of a trophy but to foster and create the enthusiasm leading up to the race and attract the masses of racing enthusiasts and fans to witness many of the world’s greatest historic motoring races, it was often the beautifully executed imagery that drove people to the tracks. 

Often a work of art in itself, historic motor racing posters manage to capture the very spirit of each race, venue, marques and their respective drivers best. What better way to celebrate heritage of motor racing then through this outstanding offering of nearly 60 original posters and artwork, all offered without reserve.


Photography Insider: A Collector’s Guide To Ansel Adams (Christie’s)

From a Christie’s online article:

Christie's LogoAdams’ ‘visualisation’ strategy marked a shift away from Pictorialism, a much more manipulated photographic style, which had influenced his early work. His desire for sharper focus and deeper tone and contrast (he called it ‘an austere and blazing poetry of the real’) led to him becoming a leading figure in pure — or straight — photography. 


Arguably no other photographer of his era knew more about photography than Adams. He wrote ten technical manuals on the discipline, and even advised major figures like Strand and Edward Weston, his friend and fellow West Coast photographer.

He also consulted for Polaroid and Hasselblad. Without such technical mastery he would not have been able to react with such immediacy to the quickly changing conditions of landscape.

One of his most famous works, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico1941, needed snap judgements of immense sophistication to capture the momentary effect of sunset light on the foreground, and establish a balanced tone and focus with the distant peaks, evanescent clouds and darkening sky.

Collector’s Edition Books: “David Hockney – My Window” (Taschen)

hockney_my_window_ce_gb_3d_66981_1911061508_id_1281201In this artist’s book of 120 iPhone and iPad drawings, David Hockney follows the course of the seasons through the window of his Yorkshire home. Each image depicts a fleeting moment—from the colorful sunrise and lilac morning sky to nighttime impressions, snow-covered branches and the arrival of spring. Printed in large format, this is a highly perceptive and poetic body of work.

David Hockey My Window Collectors Book

Collector’s Edition (No. 1,001–2,000), each signed by David Hockney

Website: https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/art/all/66981/facts.david_hockney_my_window.htm#images_gallery-8

Special Magazine Issues: Country Life “Victorian Houses- The Masterpieces”

From a Country Life online article:

Country Life Victorian Houses - The Masterpieces 2019First published in 1897, Country Life is itself a late-Victorian institution. What could be more appropriate, therefore, than to celebrate this anniversary with a collector’s issue of articles and photographs from the magazine’s archives?

An opening timeline offers an overview of the Victorian Age, but the focus of what follows is exclusively architectural. The coverage of country houses has always been central to the magazine, but it can also claim to have been a pioneer in the study of Victorian architecture through the work of two former Architectural Editors, Mark Girouard and Michael Hall.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, respectively in May and August, 1819. Their marriage 21 years later in 1840 was long arranged and, after a difficult beginning, grew to be unexpectedly happy. With perfect symmetry, it lasted 21 years, until Prince Albert’s early death in 1861.


During that time, the couple established a completely new mode of Royal Family life and redefined the role of Britain’s constitutional monarchy. All of this happened as Britain developed at an astonishing speed into the most powerful nation in the world. When the Queen died in 1901, there was no question that a remarkable age of British history had come to a close.
Read more at https://www.countrylife.co.uk/news/focus-greatest-victorian-houses-britain-featu:red-magnificent-one-off-magazine-207774#cLqLhWZ6ouDLuAM1.99

Short Films: “The Art Of Collecting” By Petr Krejčí

Filmed and Directed by: Petr Krejčí

A film commissioned by Goldsmith’s Compay for Goldsmith’s Fair 2019. This year’s theme was about collecting and collectors.

Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier UK showcase for contemporary jewellery and silver.

The Art of Collecting short Film Goldsmiths' Fair 2019

Each year, this unique event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall where they can browse the latest collections from this handpicked selection of craftsmen and women.

Website: https://www.goldsmithsfair.co.uk/

New Collector Books: “Salvador Dalí Tarot Card” Book Set (Taschen)

Dalí’s Tarot Book and Card Set TaschenDalí poses as the Magician, his wife Gala becomes the Empress, and the death of Julius Caesar is reinterpreted as the Ten of Swords in the artist’s  extraordinary custom tarot deck. First published in a 1984 limited edition that has since long sold out, this lush box set brings back all 78 cards, each dazzling in color, along with a companion book on the making-of and practical instructions.

To read more: https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/art/all/44640/facts.dali_tarot.htm

Hobbies: Former “Vanity Fair” Editor Graydon Carter With His 1951 Chevrolet Woodie (WSJ)

From a Wall Street Journal article by A.J. Baime:

There was something wonderful and free-wheeling about the experience. There was no air-conditioning, no seat belts, and theride was rickety, so my kids would bounce around in back. The car was built beforeinterstate highways, and it doesn’t go over40 mph. It was also among the firstgeneration of cars with an automatic transmission. The previous owner kept aninstruction manual tucked into the visor onhow to use the automatic, which is kind of funny.

Graydon Carter with his 1951 Chevrolet woodie, at hishome in Litchfield County, Conn. JULIE BIDWELL FOR THEWALL STREET JOURNAL

Graydon Carter, the former longtime editor of Vanity Fair magazine and founder of the  new digital weekly Air Mail, on his 1951 Chevrolet woodie, as told to A.J. Baime.

To read more click on following link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-the-family-graydon-carters-1951-chevrolet-11565102890