Saturday, June 20, 2009

American Car Art

Take a break from summer work, courses, or bar exam study. Escape for a few minutes into the glamorous world of car advertising from the decades when the U.S. auto industry was immensely profitable and car ads represented an idealized vision of an era. "Drawing Power: Motor City Ad Art in the Age of Muscle and Chrome" features original works of advertising art created in the large graphic illustration studios that once filled the skyscrapers of Detroit, Michigan. While most original work by these talented illustrators has disappeared, this Detroit Public Library exhibit brings together a wonderful collection by the finest commercial artists of the Motor City.



Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Those images portray a very different experience with the cars of those years compared to ours now with Starbucks, cell phones and cup holders. That is an important part of American history. I have been photographing parked American cars for about five years now as a personal project and I'm starting to see some importance with it because of what is happening to Detroit. If you find this interesting at all, check it out. I would love to hear what you think.

http://www.kevingrayphotography.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=3

www.americancars.etsy.com

Thanks for posting those images. I love looking at that stuff.

Kevin.