The Automotive Hall of Fame presents the 2012 Detroit Knows Cars fine art exhibit. This inaugural show features works from some of the best-known automobile artists in the country. The exhibition illustrates the many different approaches to portraying the aesthetics, beauty, and significance of automobiles.
The 2012 Detroit Knows Cars exhibition includes painting, photography, and sculpture – all confirming the notion that the automobile is an appropriate subject of fine art. Invited artists include Tom Hale, a founding member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) along with AFAS members Jay Koka and Charlie Maher, popular young artist David Chapple, historic scene specialist Gerald Freeman, former combat artist Michael Goettner, vintage automobile photographer Jim Haefner, and sculptor Alexander Buchan. Get full details here.
The photograph is a detail from Mr. Buchan’s The Checkered Flag. The painted bronze work commemorates Old Number 16, the first American-made car to win prestigious Vanderbilt Cup race on Long Island, New York. Driven by George Robertson and “riding mechanician” Glen Etheridge, the victory in 1908 proved American technology could compete with the best in the world. Mr. Buchan’s work and Detroit Knows Cars are featured in this month’s Automotive Fine Arts Society Journal.
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