Prada Foundation Buys Ed Kienholz’s Controversial ‘Five Car Stud’

Photograph of “Five Car Stud” by Walter Hopps.

The Fondazione Prada purchased Ed Kienholz’s installation, Five Car Stud, for its permanent collection in Milan. The work is a life-size depiction of five white men holding down and castrating a black man in the glow of several sets of car headlights while a white woman, presumably the victim’s girlfriend, watches.

Five Car Stud has been in storage for nearly 40 years and was only shown for the first time in the U.S. less than a year ago at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA wanted to purchase the piece years ago, though it was eventually bought by Japanese industrialist Katsumi Kawamura). The piece made its debut at the 1972 edition of Documenta and for many years was only known in fuzzy black and white photos taken by Walter Hopps. Five Car Stud is currently on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

[Via The Art Newspaper]