Over on Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green is comparing photos.
Anyone who was in Los Angeles during 2005 should recognize the image on the left as it was the main photo used by the UCLA Hammer Museum to promote their Thing exhibition and was hung on banners on streets all over the city for months. The right is a still from a commercial made by Nissan’s Los Angeles based ad firm TBWA\Chiat\Day. Tyler has more here, expect even more on this in the near future. Of course it should be noted that part of the appeal of Johnson’s original piece was that it was of something so universal and recognizable and I suspect if it hadn’t been so throughly promoted in Los Angeles a year prior to this ad that people wouldn’t be linking the two as quickly.