Kienholz: Five Car Stud at Fondazione Prada

 

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Edward & Nancy Reddin Kienholz Jody, Jody, Jody, 1993-94 mixed media tableau 96 x 119 x 60 in. (243.8 x 302.3 x 152.4 cm) Copyright Kienholz Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

Opening this May, a new exhibition installed at Milan based Fondazione Prada unites 26 rarely seen pieces created by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz. Born in Washington State in 1927, one time gallerist Kienholz first rose to fame as a visual artist in the early 1960s, when his work was included in seminal exhibition ‘The Art of Assemblage’ in New York, sharing MoMa gallery space with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Kurt Schwitters and Marcel Duchamp. Kienholz defined his style as “an art of repulsion”, creating works that explore the darker side of popular culture, industry and modern lives. From 1971 onwards, Edward Kienholz was to collaborate with his wife Nancy, and many of the pieces installed at Fondazione Prada until December 2016 stem from this artistic partnership. This includes the sombering car scene ‘Jody, Jody, Jody’, dated to 1993 – 1994 and ‘Five Car Stud’, which also gives the exhibition it’s evocative name. First displayed at Documenta 5 in Kassel shortly after it was finished in 1972, the life sized rendition of a racist scene unfolding in front of our eyes opened to wide critically acclaim. Despite the initial media and public attention, the installation remained hidden from view for over four decades, only resurfacing from a Japanese collector’s storage in 2011. FB

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Edward Kienholz Five Car Stud, 1969-1972 Mixed media tableau. Dimensions variable Copyright Kienholz Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA. Photo ©Tom Vinetz 2011

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Edward Kienholz Detail of Five Car Stud, 1969-1972 Mixed media tableau. Dimensions variable Copyright Kienholz Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA. Photo ©Tom Vinetz 2011

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Edward & Nancy Reddin Kienholz The Merry-Go-World or Begat By Chance and the Wonder Horse Trigger, 1988-1992 mixed media tableau 115 x 184 in. diameter (292.1 x 467.4 cm diameter) Copyright Kienholz Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

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Edward & Nancy Reddin Kienholz Drawing from Elle, 1991 mixed media assemblage 51 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 10 in (130,8 x 87,6 x 25,4 cm) Copyright Kienholz Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

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Edward & Nancy Reddin Kienholz The Twilight Home, 1983 mixed media assemblage 86 x 52 x 23 in. (218.4 x 132.1 x 58.4 cm) Copyright Kienholz Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

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Edward & Nancy Reddin Kienholz The Bronze Pinball Machine with Woman Affixed Also, 1980 mixed media assemblage 74 x 41 x 82 in. (188 x 104.1 x 208.3 cm) Copyright Kienholz Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

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