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“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.

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