Travel-inspired artists take on the road

By Budget Travel
October 3, 2012

Travel has inspired artists' creations for centuries, from the stunning vistas and landscapes of 19th century Realist painters to the spectacular photographs of Walker Evans--to say nothing of the many travel-inspired literary works by writers as diverse as Henry James and Jack Kerouac.

Continuing the tradition, a new show of artworks about life on the road opened last week at the Mixed Greens Gallery in New York's Chelsea art district. "Road Trip" runs through August 10 and gallery admission is free, so if you're in the neighborhood why not pay a visit to this show, which explores diverse ideas of travel by a talented group of 13 painters, sculptors, and photographers.

Among our favorites were photographer Amy Stein's enigmatic portraits of stranded motorists.

We also liked artist Kathryn Refi's "Driving Routes," a delicate series of raised-line drawings which trace the path the artist drove everyday for one month. Along the gallery's far wall, don't miss Marie Sauvaitre's documentary project exploring nomadic cultures, from which the artist has produced a series of stunning photographs of Beat generation communes, gypsy trailers, and Bedouin camps in the desert at night.--Laurel Angrist

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