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Sterling Ruby, Richard Prince, and More Go for a Ride at Venus Gallery

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Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.

Cars and art have more in common than you think. That’s the premise, anyway, of “Piston Head II: Artists Engage the Automobile,” a new show at Venus gallery in the fitting location of Los Angeles. Part sculptures, part vehicles, and part cultural signifiers, the motorcade includes Sterling Ruby‘s apocalyptic school bus, Richard Prince‘s matte black Challenger, and Katherine Bernhardt‘s pink Jaguar, which she’s spray-painted with a cat. See those and more of the best rides, here.

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Will Boone, “CAR,” 2016. Customized Chevrolet Blazer, various materials.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Jonas Wood, “Untitled,” 2016. Customized 1993 Volvo 240, acrylic paint.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Detail of Sterling Ruby, “BUS,” 2010. Bus, steel, spray paint, stainless steel spheres, speakers, sub-woofers, tires, foam, vinyl, T5 florescent light fixtures, T5 bulbs, electrical conduit.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Detail of Peter Shire, “Mr. Truck Goes to Coffee, or This One’s for You,” 2016. 1979, Toyota 1-ton Flatbed Truck, stainless steel, vinyl covering.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Sterling Ruby, “BUS,” 2010. Bus, steel, spray paint, stainless steel spheres, speakers, sub-woofers, tires, foam, vinyl, T5 florescent light fixtures, T5 bulbs, electrical conduit.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Garage Italia, “Alfa Romeo 4C painted with Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” 2016. Customized Alfa Romeo 4C.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Kenny Scharf, “Daisymobile,” 2014. 1975 Pontiac Gran Ville Convertible customized with enamel, acrylic, fiberglass, diamond dust, Naugahyde, resin, and Swarovski crystals.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Matthew Day Jackson, “To be titled,” 2016.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Katherine Bernhardt, “Jungle Jaguar,” 2016. Customized 1994 Jaguar XJ6.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Richard Prince, “The Odyssey,” 2016. 1970 Challenger and acrylic paint.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Peter Shire, “Mr. Truck Goes to Coffee, or This One’s for You,” 2016. 1979, Toyota 1-ton Flatbed Truck, stainless steel, vinyl covering.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Detail of Garage Italia, “Alfa Romeo 4C painted with Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” 2016. Customized Alfa Romeo 4C.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Lawrence Weiner, “Untitled (Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind),” 2015. Nash Metropolitan, paint.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Kenny Scharf, “Suprema Ultima Deluxa Van Chrome Cadillac,” 1984. Cadillac car from 1961 with mixed media, acrylic, spray-paint, found objects.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.
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Richard Prince, “The Odyssey,” 2016. 1970 Challenger and acrylic paint.
Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of VENUS.