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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Five Car Stud (1972) is a work of installation art by American artist Edward Kienholz.

This oversized installation draws on the “the long history of white-on-black lynching in the United States” (Raiford 2011) and consists of five cars parked in a circle, their headlights illuminating a tableau of white men castrating a black man. It was exhibited in Los Angeles and Germany in 1972, then purchased by a Japanese collector and kept in storage for almost 40 years, known only through documentary photos from those exhibitions. In September 2011, it was re-installed at LACMA. At Art Basel 2012, it was purchased by the Prada Foundation.

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