Steel Couture Syd Mead Futurist. Lavishly illustrated monograph of his futuristic art. SIGNED by Syd Mead on page 17.Futurist Mead has been around for some time and I can remember getting this large square soft cover book in 1979 and being wowed with the future it depicted. It's worth saying, though, that Mead's illustrations are not science fiction art, the sort of thing that you'll find in Infinite Worlds: Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art or Tomorrow and Beyond: Masterpieces of Science Fiction Art where the future is shown as much as fantasy as high tech other worlds and space vehicles. The preface to the book says:'Syd Mead is a visualiser of the American Dream' and the various pictures certainly bear this out. There are several spread wide paintings in the book that show personal transport but with all the iconography of. Car ads from the sixties. Many remind me of those amazing. Ads from the late Fifties and through the Sixties that featured the paintings of Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman. The women are all glamorous and the men display the rugged stance of assurance of the upper middle class.
The fashions they wear also reinforce this, too. The book has plenty of paintings showing landscapes of an exterior future but the ones I like best are the examples of interior technologies.
Page 132-133 has five stunning paintings and roughs from a Playboy feature showing a'WonderWall': the interior of a room with visual and aural equipment. Pages 56-57 have the interior of a GM motor home and brilliant three-quarter rendering of the vehicle. Right angle crease to front cover upper right hand corner. Several creases to the lower right hand corner front cover.Right angle crease to upper and lower left hand corners back cover. Internally, soiling to the first free endpaper. Right angle crease to both the upper and lower corners throughout with the upper corner larger. Beautiful clean and bright drawings.
The book is now mylar protected. Tears to the mylar back cover. The item "SIGNED Syd Mead Steel Couture Futurist Sentinel Monograph WonderWall 1978 PB" is in sale since Saturday, August 31, 2013. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible".The seller is "hmxa15a" and is located in Island Park, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.