KIENHOLZ, ED. FIVE CAR STUD

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By Roberto Ohrt and Thomas McEvilley

This book was created in conjunction with the exhibition Edward Kienholz: Five Car Stud 1969–72, Revisited at LACMA from September 4, 2011 through January 15, 2011.

Edward Kienholz's seminal work Five Car Stud (1969-72) never made it to the planned showing in the USA but became the center of attention at Harald Szeemann's Documenta V in Kassel, Germany, in 1972. It has since remained in a private collection in Japan for almost 40 years only to resurface now in 2011 after a thorough restoration for exhibitions in Los Angeles and Europe.

In this horrifying life-size tableau, four automobiles and a pickup truck are arranged on a dirt floor in a dark room with their headlights illuminating a shocking scene: a group of white vigilantes inflicting their gruesome ’punishment’ on an African-American man.

More than merely a harsh reminder of a shameful part of history, Five Car Stud is a powerful artistic statement on the nature of evil. With essays by Roberto Ohrt and Thomas McEvilley, and an interview with American artist Paul McCarthy, this volume examines the response to the work, then and now, and introduces the work in the context of art history and contemporary society.

- Hardbound
- 128 pp. 10-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches
- Richly illustrated
- 2011

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