Painting,Graphics: Hot-Rod Heraldry

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The New York art scene has taken on an English accent. Sotheby's of London owns Parke-Bernet. At times there are as many young British artists in the U.S. as there are in London. One of them, Gerald Laing, 29, is little known in his native land and admits that his in spiration is the American hot-rod.

"The customized, homemade hot-rod is American folk art," says Laing. "The car is escape, the home on wheels, the second self, the great American dream. Racing them has as much ritual as the Japanese tea ceremony." He...

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