Phyllis Krim has long been interested in
the inherent beauty in mechanical objects.
For the past few years she has been
absorbed with the rendering of cars. The
gorgeous and gleaming surfaces of her
cars bring to mind F. Scott Fitzgerald,
robber barons, and a host of associations
from a more genteel period in American
The American infatuation with the auto-
mobile is legendary, the connections between
the development of the automobile
and recent American history are inseparable.
These objects are, like show dogs,
groomed and pampered, even adored.
Objects of great pride and sentiment, they
are a graphic representation of the American
identification of ego with object, our
inability to distinguish who we are from what
Ms. Krim clearly delights in the marvelous
shapes and shining surfaces of her subjects.
The cars she paints are carefully
chosen, the best examples of the best
industrial designers of that time. The artist
equates them with the massive forms of
sculpture. She is fascinated with the
inherent energy in their design.
Most of the pictures are devoid of any
background except for a horizontal line
placed high on the canvas and a hint of sky.
In each painting the car is the main subject
and dominates the entire canvas. Careful
attention has been given by the artist toward
faithfully capturing the myriad of surface
reflections and highlights that play on the
shiny surface of the car's body. Particular
care is taken to reproduce the luster and
sparkle of the chrome trim. Every detail of
the cars, down to license plates and windshield wipers has been expertly duplicated.
Krim paints with an energy and gusto that
puts her cars into high gear.
1973 Ferrari Showroom/Chinetti Galleries,
1974 Cordoba Gallery, New York
Pontiac Arts Center, Pontiac,
1975 Ninth Annual "Ten Downtown",
National Rod and Custom Car Show,
New York Coliseum, New York
1976 New York University, Loeb Student
Center, New York
1977 Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania
Hershey Convention Center,
1978 Marl Galleries, Woodstock,
Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York
1979 Dorsky Galleries, New York
National College Art Association,
Long Island Automotive Museum,
Southampton, L.I., N.Y.
Collectors Cars Automotive
Museum, Southampton, L.I., N.Y.
1979 Auto Expo, New York
Coliseum, New York
1973 Fordham University, Lincoln Center,
Adelphi University, Garden City, L.I.,
1974 The Mobile Art Gallery, Mobile,
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center,
1975 Sullivan County Art Museum,
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix,
Landmark Gallery, New York
Walker Street Gallery, New York
1976 Terrain Gallery, New York
Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, Ltd., New
Women's Interart Center, New York
1977 Woodstock Art Association,
Woodstock, New York
1977 Star Turtle Gallery, New York
1978 William Penn Memorial Museum,
Philadelphia Museum College of Art
Philadelphia Print Club
1979 "Ten Downtown", Ten Years
Documentation Show, Greene
Street Gallery, New York