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Dispatch | Traveling West: Art and Cars in the 2022 Whitney Biennial by Brandon Sward, July 19, 2022

As moguls like Elon Musk reimagine the automobile, we’re left with the uncomfortable knowledge that not only are we dependent on it, but that it occupies a prime place in the national imagination of the US as a symbol of both freedom and danger. LA-based artists Danielle Dean, Guadalupe Rosales, and Aria Dean bring West Coast car culture to New York City.

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