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Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Installation view of Piston Head II, Los Angeles, Venus Over Los Angeles, 2016

Press Release

Press Release

Piston Head II: Artists Engage the Automobile
July 30 - September 10, 2016
Opening: Saturday, July 30th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

VENUS
601 South Anderson Street
Los Angeles, CA 90023

(Los Angeles, CA) – VENUS is pleased to present Piston Head II: Artists Engage the Automobile, an exhibition which explores the relationship and parallels between art and the automobile, featuring new works in which the car is considered as both a cultural icon and sculptural form.

The exhibition includes works by César, Katherine Bernhardt, Will Boone, Keith Haring, Matthew Day Jackson, Olivier Mosset, Richard Prince, Sterling Ruby, Peter Shire, Lawrence Weiner, and Jonas Wood. Additionally, VENUS is delighted that Garage Italia Customs, the creative hub founded by Lapo Elkann and dedicated to tailor-made customizations, will personalize a selection of vehicles exclusively for the exhibition.

As the quintessential machine of modern life, the car has both shaped human experience and inspired countless artists over the years. With the power to convey status and identity, the automobile reflects the desires and dreams of its owners. The artists included in the exhibition have approached the car as both object and subject in numerous ways—from Olivier Mosset’s bikes recontextualized in the gallery space to Sterling Ruby’s caged-in bus to a quintessential Richard Prince muscle car. In a collision between the automobile and contemporary art, the exhibition explores the tensions between aesthetics and utility.

Adam Lindemann explains, “This art car show takes off where our Piston Head exhibition in Miami ended (December 2013) and explores the intersection of art and cars, a space that VENUS has helped define. We have several amazing artists producing new work for the exhibition as well as several important and historic art cars on loan.”

Lapo Elkann adds, “I am happy that Garage Italia Customs and its creations have a role in VENUS’ exhibition alongside world-class artists. Adam Lindemann and I share a passion for the incredible artistry, beauty and power of the automobile. The VENUS exhibition gives Garage Italia Customs the rare opportunity to evolve beyond its unique cars and focus on the potential for innovation that still exists within the space.”

In partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, VENUS is pleased to present a Keith Haring Land Rover (1983), which will be on view at the museum in conjunction with the exhibition.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please email press@venusovermanhattan.com

Katherine Bernhardt Jungle Jaguar, 2016

Katherine Bernhardt

Jungle Jaguar, 2016

customized 1994 Jaguar XJ6

52 x 195 x 65 in

132.08 x 495.3 x 165.1 cm

Will Boone CAR, 2016

Will Boone

CAR, 2016

customized Chevrolet Blazer, various materials

80 x 192 x 74 in

187.96 x 203.2 x 487.68 cm

César Compression Voiture Venise, 1995

César

Compression Voiture Venise, 1995

compressed car

59 x 23 1/2 x 23 1/2 in

149.9 x 59.7 x 59.7 cm

Garage Italia Customs Alfa Romeo 4C painted with Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, 2016

Garage Italia Customs

Alfa Romeo 4C painted with Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, 2016
customized Alfa Romeo 4C

48 x 162 x 84 in

121.92 x 411.48 x 213.36 cm

Garage Italia Customs BMW i8 painted with Giacomo Balla’s Street Light, 2016

Garage Italia Customs

BMW i8 painted with Giacomo Balla’s Street Light, 2016

customized BMW i8

51 x 185 x 72 in

129.54 x 469.9 x 182.88 cm

Keith Haring Untitled (Land Rover), 1983

Keith Haring

Untitled (Land Rover), 1983

enamel on 1982 Land Rover

84 x 71 x 181 in
213.4 x 180.3 x 459.7 cm

*On view at The Petersen Automotive Museum

Matthew Day Jackson Untitled, 2016

Matthew Day Jackson

Untitled, 2016

custom super comp dragster

48 x 220 x 65 in

121.9 x 558.8 x 165.1 cm

Olivier Mosset Flathead, 1954

Olivier Mosset

Flathead, 1954
1954 Harley Davidson
48 x 88 x 36 in
121.92 x 223.52 x 101.6 cm

Olivier Mosset Da, 1962

Olivier Mosset

Da, 1962

1962 Harley Davidson

46 x 82 x 40 in

116.84 x 208.28 x 101.6 cm

Richard Prince The Odyssey, 2016

Richard Prince

The Odyssey, 2016

1970 Challenger and acrylic paint

78 x 192 x 65 in

487.7 x 198.1 x 137.2 cm

Sterling Ruby BUS, 2010

Sterling Ruby

BUS, 2010

bus, steel, spray paint, stainless steel spheres, sub-woofers, tires, foam, vinyl, T5 fluorescent light fixtures, T5 bulbs, electrical conduit

112 x 491 x 96 in

284.5 x 243.8 x 1247.1 cm

Kenny Scharf Daisymobile, 2014

Kenny Scharf

Daisymobile, 2014
1975 Pontiac Gran Ville Convertible customized with enamel, acrylic, fiberglass, diamond dust, Naugahyde, resin, and Swarovski crystals
55 x 228 x 79 in
139.7 x 579.12 x 200.66 cm

Peter Shire Mr. Truck Goes to Coffee, or This One’s for You, 2016

Peter Shire

Mr. Truck Goes to Coffee, or This One’s for You, 2016
1979 Toyota one ton flatbed truck, stainless steel, vinyl covering

sculpture: 84 x 96 in

sculpture: 213.4 x 243.8 cm

Lawrence Weiner Untitled (Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind), 2015

Lawrence Weiner

Untitled (Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind), 2015
Nash Metropolitan, paint
57 x 155 x 61 in

144.8 x 393.7 x 154.9 cm

Jonas Wood Untitled, 2016

Jonas Wood

Untitled, 2016
customized 1993 Volvo 240

189 x 52 x 57 in
480.1 x 132.1 x 144.8 cm

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