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The enduring power of Ed Kienholz's 'Five Car Stud'

September 3, 2011 | 11:00 am

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On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Museum of art will open an exhibition of Ed Kienholz's "Five Car Stud" as one of the shows it is presenting for the region-wide Pacific Standard Time postwar history of Los Angeles art.

It is the first time the harrowing work will be shown in Los Angeles, and the first time it will appear anywhere since its inaugural exhibition in Germany in 1972.

'Five Car Stud'  -- and its restoration -- has had a long and complicated odyssey from Kienholz's studio in the 1960s to LACMA.

A Times editorial Saturday explores the continuing power of "Five Car Stud." As the complete editorial states, "it remains a provocative commentary on the fear, anger and pain — both physical and psychological — created by intolerance."

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Above: Kienholz's 'Five Car Stud.' Credit: Collection of Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura, Japan. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, Calif., and the Pace Gallery, New York

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