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Does vehicle design belong in galleries?

By Andrew Nahum   August 2004

Even in the auto-saturated 21st century, car design lacks an established language within visual culture. While Stephen Bayley may report approvingly on a description of the curves of the Audi A6 “in terms that Donatello would have understood – un piccolo ombra, luce, luce,” for Jeremy Clarkson, a gorgeous Ferrari “can snap knicker elastic at 20 feet.” Between such poles of high talk and utilitarianism lies a void. Car design still defies the kind of study that is commonplace for painting, sculpture or even pottery. That’s surprising, because the habit of putting…

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