Art: My First Car

"Speed is our god, a new canon of beauty," wrote the Italian Futurist Filippo Marinetti in 1909. "A roaring motorcar, which runs like a machine gun, is more beautiful than the Winged Victory of Samothrace." Ever since then, the automobile has been present on the margins of Western art, though not, as the horse once was, at its center. There has never been a flow of car images to match the innumerable equestrian ones of the past, because the car is—as Marinetti implied—a work of art already, a mass-produced corporate sculpture, permeated with style....

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