Rat Fink Retrospective at the Petersen

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If you’ve secretly longed to spend a Friday night listening to Kustom Kulture Legends Talk About Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, now’s your chance.

Robert Williams and Ed “Newt” Newton were around for the whole ride, not just the last few minutes of it, and they know what they’re talking about. I only met Newton once but have known Williams since 1983 and believe me these stories are not only worth hearing but absolutely worth hearing from him.

Even without the lecture, the collection of cars and memorabilia on display is worth the price of admission.

Friday, January 26, 2006, 7-9 pm
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
4th Floor – Connor Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA 90036

(here comes the press release)
Join two legendary Kustom Kulture artists Robert Williams and Ed “Newt” Newton as they reflect on their working relationships with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Robert Williams and Ed Newton both served as art directors of the Roth Studios in the ’60s and were the artistic force behind Roth’s creation of counter-culture art and crazy custom cars.

After Roth Studios closed in 1970, Ed Newton moved to Ohio to become Roach Studios’ Creative Director for the next 15 years, and is still actively involved in custom car designs and illustrations for Testor’s and Revell-Monogram. Since the mid-’60s, Robert Williams has continued to influence lowbrow art as the preeminent artist among a generation of imagist painters. Founder of Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Robert William’s giant body of work has been shown in galleries and museums all over the world.

On this special evening, the two artists will share close, personal stories about Ed Roth and his everlasting influence on American pop culture. The program will be moderated by Domenic Priore, cultural anthropologist and editor of Dumb Angel Magazine, and will be followed by a book signing.

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