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Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture

Toledo Museum of Art


This exhibition explores the central role of the automobile in defining American identity over the past century. American scene paintings and photographs depict the early days of American car culture; the journey continues with responses by Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, which draw on the car as a symbol of freedom, individualism and middle class identity, and more recent – sometimes critical – work by figures such as Edward Burtynsky and Kerry James Marshall. Find out more from the Toledo Museum’s website. 

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Landscape with Garage Lights (1931–32), Stuart Davis.

Landscape with Garage Lights (1931–32), Stuart Davis. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York

Red Mercedes (1972), Don Eddy.

Red Mercedes (1972), Don Eddy. Photo: Christopher Ridgeway; © Don Eddy

Oxford Tire Pile #8, Edward Burtynsky

Oxford Tire Pile #8 (1955), Edward Burtynsky. Courtesy Metivier Gallery, Toronto/Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis; © Edward Burtynsky

New York City (Spider Girl) (1980), Helen Levitt

New York City (Spider Girl) (1980), Helen Levitt. © The Estate of Helen Levitt

7am Sunday Morning (detail; 2003), Kerry James Marshall

7am Sunday Morning (2003), Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; © Kerry James Marshall

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