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DREAMY DRAWINGS FROM A GOLDEN AGE OF AUTOS
Curator, editor, writer, historian, scholar, and appraiser Christopher W. Mount is wearing yet another hat these days, having opened a gallery specializing in architecture and design at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Lamenting the digital world’s infringement on what he calls the “wonderful expressive form of the design sketch or study,” his current exhibition, Looking into the Future: Automotive Design and Concepts, 1959–1973, includes thirty-nine drawings for America’s “Big Three”—General Motors, Ford and Chrysler—during a halcyon period for the American auto industry, when there was little foreign competition, regulation, or worries about oil shortages. Thorny issues of practicality often take a back seat in the drawings, which are divided between those by “advanced stylists” who created futuristic concepts, and those by more traditional stylists creating new versions of existing or new models. All are a joy to look at. Keep tuned: Mount, who deals privately in New York, hopes to open a gallery there in the near future. christopherwmountgallery.com