|Art critic Robert Hughes in 1986|
|Robert Hughes with the Honda CB750 he mentions in his infamous Time magazine review of the 'Art of the Motorcycle' exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum (photo -w/notes- from the Duluth Art Institue blog). And isn't that jacket something!|
"The fact that the great spiral of New York City's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is at present full of motorcycles has annoyed some critics. Not this one. If the Museum of Modern Art can hang a helicopter from its ceiling, why can't the Guggenheim show bikes? "The Art of the Motorcycle" may seem an opportunistic title until you actually see the things. Design is design, a fit subject for museum consideration, and in any case I'd rather look at a rampful of glittering dream machines than any number of tasteful Scandinavian vases or floppy fiber art."
|Cliff Vaughs' 'Captain America' chopper, called by Hughes '...a distinctive form of American folk art."|
Of course, the international explosion of Custom motorcycles since this 1998 article has merely reinforced Hughes' opinion on their importance at the 'art' end of the motorcycle spectrum.
|Robert Hughes in his motorcycling days, ca.1972|
For Hughes' obituary in the New York Times, click here.
For a selection of his scathing art criticism, click here.