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December 2021 Update Issue: Volume 12 No 4



Homogenization and democratization: words often heard related to the takeover of a number of automotive events in the past year by the Hagerty Group. I'll add a third: demographics. The simple fact is that the traditional group of enthusiasts drawn to the "classic concours" concept is aging and basing your entire existence on that group is dangerous. We last went through this cycle in the mid 90's: you'll recall the shrinking of the brass-car age.
I'm not against progress and I'm not against democratization of events. But just be careful when it comes to the "Concours". The meaning of Concours d'Elegance does not include a Ford F150 pickup truck. The original concept was a celebration and presentation of a higher level of style and design that ranged from exceptional vehicles through fashion and lifestyle.... and fine art.
Although I wear jeans everyday, they are not included in that definition. And neither is my much-loved Audi Q5. Times they are changing? Yes. For better or worse? We'll see.
Let's hope that automotive themed fine art continues to be part of it.

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Doug Freedman and wife Genie started the Concours on the Avenue event in Carmel as part of Monterey Car Week in 2007. Sadly, Doug, the well-known and respected founder passed away recently. We offer our belated condolences to Genie.

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Our regular column Detours returns with an eclectic collection of news, events and activities of the past few months.

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In this issue: regular columnist Rob Alen presents Tony Singer, a profile of the founder of the well-known and longstanding Monterey Automobilia show and owner of Vintage Auto Posters. »Vintage Auto Posters   This issue's artist profile is ArtistAuto member Nicolas Dubost of France »Nicolas Dubost

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September 2021: Volume 12 No 3


First and foremost I want to recognize and thank the huge number of doctors and nurses, in fact all healthcare workers for their incomparable sacrifice for and contribution to our health and safety. I am grateful that I have managed to avoid COVID but, as all of us, I have seen the heartbreaking damage, hardship and tragedy that has been imposed by the pandemic. This has been mitigated by these workers as well as dedicated scientists… and all those people smart enough to get vaccinated.

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The annual RetroMobile show in Paris France, one that I have been pleased to participate in as a member of the European based ArtistAuto group, was initially scheduled for early February (yes I booked my flights and hotel). The show was cancelled because of COVID and rescheduled for June, and yes, I rebooked my flights and hotel… only to have the June show also cancelled. So while a few other venues did happen, it was a quiet exhibition year for ArtistAuto members. Our European correspondent Tony Clark reports that art related activities in the first half of the year were cancelled or sharply reduced. This COVID impact on events has also been felt by North American based artists with the cancellation of most everything in the first half of the year. Automobilia Monterey, the popular annual show organized by Tony Singer, is one of many examples. Says Singer: "Automobilia Monterey was postponed for this year out of an abundant level of caution regarding COVID, respecting vendors' reluctance to travel, as well as the lack of foreign visitors. We will return August 15-17, 2022". And all is not yet back to normal as events continue to be cancelled or postponed like one of my favourites, the Cobble Beach Concours held near Owen Sound Canada, normally held in mid-September. The Automotive Fine Arts Society has no scheduled shows for the immediate future. The good news is that the Paris-based RetroMobile show has been rescheduled for next February.

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The AFAS has been absent from a major group exhibition since its departure from the Pebble Beach Concours. There is, of course, still interest in the Monterey Car Week activities even as events centered on “art” are, for the moment, somewhat reduced. We present an overview of “Car Week” by noted columnist Rob Alen. He presents an all-round and well-experienced look at the landscape of Monterey events   »Car Week   Likewise, our longstanding contributor Wallace Wyss reviews the 2021 Pebble Beach show with an historic angle. Take a look here  »Pebble Beach

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We are pleased to present profiles of two talented artists: Hérve Nys works primarily as a sculptor with an incredibly broad and creative approach to “car” themed works.   »Herve Nys    Guillaume Lopez is obviously much engaged with racing and all its subject matter which he wonderfully captures in his painted works.  »Guillaume Lopez

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Continuing our practice of archiving past issues, a number of older issues have now been removed (September 2017 and older). A convenient, updated "Index by Subject" has been developed and is available here: »Index by Subject

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