VIDEO: Piston Head – Artists Engage the Automobile

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During Art Basel Miami Beach, the gallery Venus Over Manhattan presented an exhibition that provided another view on art’s special relationship with the car as cultural icon and fetish object. Entitled Piston Head – Artists Engage the Automobile, the show includes works by Ron Arad, Bruce High Quality Foundation, César, Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Virginia Overton, Olivier Mosset/ Jacob Kassay/Servane Mary, Richard Phillips, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Salvatore Scarpitta, Kenny Scharf, and Franz West.
Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Callaghan created a new work for the exhibition, a signature ‘rubbing’ of Ferrari’s LaFerrari hybrid supercar, which was on view with Piston Head in Miami Beach.

Fittingly presented on the the top level of the Herzog & de Meuron designed 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, the exhibition features artworks that both show the power and glamour of the car, such as Richard Phillips’ Playboy Charger, as well as its decay and desolation, such as Lucien Smith’s totally rusted truck that is riddled with countless bullets — a vehicle that once served as the target at a shooting range.

Piston Head – Artists Engage the Automobile. Venus Over Manhattan, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. December 3, 2013.

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About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FAD FAD is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moving Image, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City Magazine.

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