On View> Moto Bello: Two dozen classic Italian motorcycles roll into New York City

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(Courtesy Stuart Parr Collection)

(Courtesy Stuart Parr Collection)

What do you do if you have an array of 26 show-worthy Italian motorcycles? Hopefully what designer, artist manager, and film producer Stuart Parr did. He paired up with real estate magnate Aby Rosen—no stranger to art and relatively fresh off his kerfuffle with the Picasso tapestry, L’Affaire Tricorne. Together they are using an empty space—the ground floor at 285 Madison Avenue—to display the high-design bikes publicly.

(James Way)

(James Way)

While it’s not a particularly extensive collection, it does cut a wide stroke through the Italian majors: Ducati, MV Agusta, Benelli, Laverda, and Magni. One can see true artistry and design in these machines: cooling fins on engine blocks, sumptuous curves of petrol tanks, and frames that strive for endurance and speed.

Art of the Italian Two Wheel runs until July 18. Find more information on the exhibit here.

(Courtesy Stuart Parr Collection)

(Courtesy Stuart Parr Collection)

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