JUXTAPOZ COMES TO THE PETERSEN
“Auto-didactic: The Juxtapoz School” at the Petersen Automotive Museum presents the work of some 50 artists who have contributed to the underground-culture magazine and who “continually helped redefine the role and imagery of automobiles in contemporary art,” said the museum. The exhibit, which runs through June 2019, consists of artwork, sculpture, and several vehicles, including Robert Williams’ brightly colored Prickly Heat ’32 roadster, Ed Roth’s Orbitron, Von Dutch’s Kenford truck, and a ’59 Cadillac titled “The New and Improved Ultima Suprema Deluxa” that was lavishly decorated by Kenny Scharf.
“At the Petersen, we see cars beyond their utilitarian purpose,” said the museum’s executive director, Terry L. Karges. “Cars are rolling pieces of art and can exist amongst traditional and avant-garde masterpieces in an equally compelling way. This new exhibit proves this symbiosis, and we’re thrilled to kick off 25 years with this whimsical display.”
Speaking at the exhibit’s opening, Williams, too, talked about this art movement and its various terms: lowbrow, and kustom kulture, for example. To him, this is better described as “an art for the people.”
DELUXA & PRICKLYDELUXA & PRICKLY: Kenny Scharf’s ’59 Cadillac and Robert Williams’ ’32 roadster greet visitors to the Juxtapoz exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
FINKYFINKY: Ed Roth’s influence is displayed by the Orbitron and a nearby sculpture of Rat Fink keeping a watchful, if bloodshot, eye on the proceedings.