The Art Angle Presents: How Three Artists Envision What a Goddess Means Today

Ming Smith, Petra Collins, and Dannielle Bowmann discuss their work interpreting the iconic Cadillac goddess symbol for a new generation.

Ming Smith's interpretation of the Cadillac goddess. Courtesy of the artist.

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In ancient mythology, figures like Athena and Aphrodite were exalted as paragons of virtue, strength, and beauty. Artnet and Cadillac invited three artists to interpret the goddess theme through their individual lenses and to create new work to celebrate the return of the brand’s Goddess hood ornament on the new ultra-luxury EV CELESTIQ. These images will be offered through a no-reserve online auction presented by Artnet to benefit the nonprofit organization Free Arts NYC.

Last week in Los Angeles, the three contemporary photographers—Ming Smith, Petra Collins, and Dannielle Bowmann—joined Artnet News’s executive producer Sonia Manalili to discuss their unique approaches to the medium, and how to interpret the iconic goddess imagery for a new generation. 


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