Monday, May 15, 2006

Kustom Kulture

Early Robert Williams Painting
This past Friday night Larry and I were invited to attend the reception and auction preview at the Petersen Automotive Museum for The Brucker Brothers cache of props, hotrod cars, memorabilia, etc. of the lowbrow, Kustom Kulture art movement. This is an amazing and varied collection of vintage items having to do with this era of pop culture. There were suggested auction prices next to each piece. I know that most of the pieces were auctioned over and above the recommended prices. A toolbox containing the pin-striping tools of legendary artist, Von Dutch went for over $200,000!

The reception was quite grand. There were luminaries there of the lowbrow art world, including the granddaddy of the lowbrow art movement, artist Robert Williams; owners of the Copro Nason Art Gallery
(they specialize in this type of art); many current artists; historical car buffs and the usual 50's era-clad kids emulating a time waaay before they were born. There was a cocktail buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar, a blues band and an open-air movie of Von Dutch from 1966 pin-striping two go-go girls’ nude torsos.

I took photos of some of the paintings, movie props, people, my all-time favorite car…a 60’s era Chevy Nova and one curious plumbing fixture in the parking structure that (to me) resembles an Easter Island tiki with a gas mask.

Mother’s Day was a success. We brought over our traditional brunch of lox, bagels, cream cheese, etc. to my Mom’s place. She loved her hand-crocheted potholders and various other kitchen accessories. Larry performed some handy-man duties around the house as his personal gift for Mom and her current husband, Hal. I hope your Mother’s Day was as enjoyable!



At 11:39 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ellen,
Maybe you should sabotage that plumbing fixture at the Petersen and add a hula skirt so it looks more like a tiki!!
Glad your Mom liked the potholders...they're great.


At 4:56 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

What's really weird - I can see the tiki head.

But you are so lucky you went to that show! I saw the ad and figured, as interesting as it looked, it was not in the budget. Thanks for the glimpse of what I missed!


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