Cars = art?

Of course!

From the North Carolina Museum of Art:

October 12, 2013–January 20, 2014

Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed marks the North Carolina Museum of Art’s first design exhibition, exploring the history and development of the Porsche lineage from the 1930s to the present day.

Featuring more than 20 automobiles, Porsche by Design presents cars owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, and Janis Joplin, as well as the one-of-a-kind Panamericana concept car on loan from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

Car lovers will appreciate the rarity and engineering genius of the automobiles on view. Art lovers will be intrigued by Porsche design and the connections that can be drawn with other works of art. All will gain a deep appreciation for hallmarks of the Porsche marque: beauty, artistry, technology, and innovation.

~ by velofinds on October 2, 2013.

8 Responses to “Cars = art?”

  1. This just made my morning, I relocated to the Triangle last week…can’t wait to go check this out!

  2. unfortunately i don’t agree. for me, in order for something to be ‘art’, it should serve no inherent purpose or active use. I think something of use like an automobile can be beautiful, creative, interesting, or a statement of design; however the fact that the bulk of the form of the automobile is still inherently developed TO FOLLOW function first, disqualifies it as a form of “art”, per se. In addition, the majority of cars are mass produced and pressed out from templates—-which further dilutes the concept.

    My idea of ‘art’ is something which is stricly appreciated for its concrete, abstract, and hypothetical attributes and not for anything it is able to physically accomplish in terms of action. A photograph can be art, however the camera used to take it cannot be. A particular drive could be art, however the automobile used to make it cannot be. A painting can be art, however the paintbrush or paint used to make it cannot be.

    • I don’t think your disagreement is unfortunate 🙂 I respect that opinion.

      • why thank you. I would like to make an exception to this, however. I was thinking about this and i think the closest thing to an automobile ever being truly “art” would be the concept car. Concept cars are largely non-functional, are not mass produced, have no inherent purpose than to either (A) fire up the imagination, (B) suggest design trends, (C) display certain design characteristics, or (D) trigger speculation. On the back of those things, i think some concept cars (the ones which are non-functional) could certainly qualify as ‘art’.

  3. This reminds me of the Top Gear episode on the Alfa Romeo 8C; Can a car ever be art?

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