McNay Museum: CLASSIC CARS & ART

McNay Museum: CLASSIC CARS & ART

“American Dreams”Classic Cars & Postwar Paintings: This special exhibition that took place at the McNay Modern Art Museum, April 2019, just blew me away. It certainly floated my boat (or started my engine) – I absolutely love old cars with their sexy, classic lines and I’m passionate about art, so the combination of matching cars with modern paintings had me going vroom-vroomtastic!

NOTE: Names of artists have been hyperlinked for more information about the artist.

(Left)
Giant poster introducing the exhibition.
(Middle)
CAR: Packard Caribbean (1954)
PAINTING: Joan Mitchell – ‘Hudson River Day Line’ (1955)
(Right)
CAR: Chevrolet Bel Air (1957)
PAINTING: Grace Hartigan ‘The Far Away Places’ (1974)

The complementary works of car vs paintings was fascinating. I thought they had picked the pairs perfectly. One could just imagine the white Packard taking a quiet & leisurely cruise down by the water, all fresh and bright, while the hot & spicy, red Chevrolet would be revving its engines on a long road trip to far away places, with the wind blowing in the driver’s hair.

(Left)
CAR: Chevrolet Corvette (1963)
PAINTING: James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017) – ‘Untitled’ – Oil on Canvas
PAINTING: Sandu Darie (1908 – 1991) – ‘Trangules Blanco & Negro’ – Oil on Canvas on Fibreboard
(Middle)
CAR: Chevrolet Corvette (1958)
PAINTING: Grace Hartigan (1922 – 2008) – ‘Dido’ (1960) – Oil on Canvas
(Right)
CAR: Ford Thunderbird (1955- 1957)
PAINTING: Friedel Dzubas (1915 – 1994) – ‘Untitled’ (1959) – Oil on Canvas

One of my favourites was the Ford Thunderbird – as I’ve always loved cars with ‘wings’ or ‘fins’. I’ve often imagined myself driving around the winelands of South Africa, top down (on the car ๐Ÿ™‚ ) in my snazzy car having fun with all my girlfriends. Even the painting behind, looks playful and bright.

There were a few more cars and painting pairings, but I couldn’t cover them all. This was a unique exhibition for petrolheads as well as fine art enthusiasts. In my opinion, the cars were art too (see Karl Lagerfeld quote below), the combination was therefore, perfect.

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  • โ€œThe reason American cars don’t sell anymore is that they have forgotten how to design the American Dream. What does it matter if you buy a car today or six months from now, because cars are not beautiful. That’s why the American auto industry is in trouble: no design, no desire.โ€ย โ€“ย Karl Lagerfeld (fashion designer)

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COVER PHOTO: CAR: Tucker Torpedo (1968) and the PAINTING: Frank Stella (1936 – ) ‘Parzeczew lV’ (1971)

NOTE: We would like to state that we are not professional art critics! We, love all kinds of art and we love to share our experiences, picks and preferences and make comments on them.



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