the art of the motorcycle

The Art of the Motorcycle

Solomon R. Guggenhiem Musuem, New York

June 26 – September 20, 1998

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In the start of the preface to this book, The Art of the Motorcycle, Thomas Krens references Walter Benjamin’s essay, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936). From this extract [image below], I now find myself deliberating over the suggestion that new mediums [photography and film] pursue ‘a broader framework for cultural exploration and experience’ over creativity within an art museum context. Of course the dates, in which these both texts are written needs to be taken into consideration and I am intrigued how this appears to still be a relevant discussion even though now the pretext for it is hindsight as well as my own use of film and photography.

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