October 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have not only been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways, but also in film, top forty hits, and in painting. With the emergence of photorealism in the 1960’s motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in the iconography of American art.

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting is a traveling exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by nearly 15 leading photorealists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice. Their work exemplifies the very best of automotive painting being done today and builds on that of the first wave of photorealists in the ‘60s and ‘70s, which included the likes of Harold Cleworth, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, and Ralph Goings.

Cheryl Kelley, Blue Corvette, 2016.

Featuring dazzling paintings that encompass a broad range of vintage vehicles, recent classics, off-road vehicles, exotics, and more, LUSTER is a celebration of mechanical and artist design and style, the combination of which will have great allure with audiences. Like the shiny automobiles and motorcycles portrayed by the artists, its paintings can be characterized by the luster that permeates their imagery.

For more information visit the LUSTER website.

Exhibition Support
LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting, Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director. This exhibition is generously supported by The Gates Automotive Group; John Oliva and Nancy Krant; Hamilton Point Investments; the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; and an anonymous foundation.

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