ESCAPE: From Le Mans With Love

Fast & beautiful is the theme for this amazing art exhibit.

A work of art … that can blow by you at 200 mph!

That’s part of what you’ll see at the exhibit Legends of Speed at the Phoenix Art Museum. This pulse-quickening collection of more than 20 racing cars with storied pasts is on display until March 15, 2020.

You don’t have to be a racing enthusiast to appreciate the various automotive creations, which date from pre-World War I, and roar forward to the 1970s.

The eye-candy-rich exhibition features everything from a 1929 Type 35 Bugatti that looks like it may have rolled away from a Soap Box Derby, to a Speed Racer-approved Lancia 1953 Spyder, to Mark Donohue’s “Can-Am Killer” 1973 Porsche 917/30.

As you gaze at the amazing vehicles, you can read about their rich histories, including who drove them, what races they won, and where they stand in the development of their particular style of racing. Fans of the recent film Ford v. Ferarri, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, will especially appreciate learning about the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe that’s prominently on display. And women are prominently featured in the story of driver Hellé Nice, the first Women’s Grand Prix winner, affectionately known as “The Bugatti Queen.”

The Phoenix Art Museum gift shop stocks not only the fully illustrated catalog for Legends of Speed, but also a number of books on racing legends. Other artworks, such as a 1922 Dunlop Tire advertising poster, which are on the walls near the exhibition hall, add even more depth to Legends.

If you race up to Phoenix by Jan. 5, you also can view a stunning series of works by Antonio Lopez. Titled: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration, the exhibit features more than 100 illustrations, from the 1960s through the 1980s. Photographs of Lopez and some of the famous people he worked with, including models such as Pat Cleveland, and style icons like Karl Lagerfeld, help to tell the story. The documentary Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion and Disco, plays on continuous loop, helping to put the innovative illustrator in a historical and cultural context.

Fans of historical and landscape photos won’t want to miss the Phoenix Art Museum’s collaboration with Tucson’s Center for Creative Photography, Ansel Adams: Performing the Print. Sixty photographs from the Center’s collection will be on display from Jan. 11 through May 10, 2020. On display will be works such as portraits of Georgia O’Keeffe, Nobutaro Harry Sumida (the oldest resident at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, as well as a Spanish-American war veteran), and stunning photographs of landscape ranging from Alaska to Hawaii.

For more information on exhibition, visit PhxArt.org.

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