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Modern Icon: The Machine as Subject in American Art

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OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY

Desert Wreck

1972
25 x 35 1/2 in. (63.5 x 90.2 cm)

John Salt
British

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color lithograph
Credit Line: The Charles Rand Penney Collection of the Memorial Art Gallery
Accession Number: 1975.325.8
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: The Charles Rand Penney Collection
Publisher: Shorewood Atelier, New York
Portfolio: Documenta Portfolio, 1972

From the Documenta Portfolio

While living and teaching art in America, British artist John Salt created a series of paintings and prints of wrecked cars in an impeccably realistic style. As a Photorealist artist, Salt projects his own photographs onto a surface, and from this projected image he creates his work of art. In technique and subject, Salt’s work represents the camera and the car, two modern machines that have become indispensable and so personally embedded in our lives that they function like extensions of our bodies.

[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]

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