The curtain has been lifted on Neil Young’s first-ever West Coast art exhibition.
The art show, titled Special Deluxe, made its debut last night with a reception at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica. The collection of works on display features a series of watercolours and prints from Young that showcase automobiles. The event syncs up with the Canadian music hero’s recent book release Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars.
“In Special Deluxe, Young has fashioned a work of extraordinary reminiscences about his Canadian boyhood, his musical influences, his family, the rock “n’ roll life, and one of his deepest, most ebullient passions: cars,”; reads a description from the gallery’s website. “Through the framework of the many vehicles he’s collected and driven, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile, and examines his newfound awareness of his hobby’s negative environmental impact. With his ferocious devotion to clean energy, he recounts the saga of Lincvolt, his specially modified electric car, and his efforts to demonstrate to lawmakers and consumers how viable non-gas-guzzling vehicles truly can be. Special Deluxe captures Young’s singular lyrical, almost musical, voice. Witty, eclectic, and wonderfully candid, Special Deluxe is an unforgettable amalgam of memories, artwork, and political ponderings from one of the most genuine and enigmatic artists of our time.”;
You may have already spotted one of the items from the show without ever stepping foot in California. One of the works featured in the collection also doubles as the album art for Young’s newly released record Storytone.
The exhibition comes to a close on November 29.