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Lexus Presents Contemporary Art Exhibitions :The 460 Degrees Gallery: Light, Speed and Innovation

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Lexus Presents Contemporary Art Exhibitions in Four U.S. Cities to Launch All-New LS 460 Flagship Sedan

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 10 -- There is no map to innovation. The path to invention is laid with passion, confidence and, above all, uncommon vision. Those are the guiding principles behind "Light and Speed" at The 460 Degrees Gallery, a one-of-a-kind contemporary art experience Lexus is presenting this fall and winter in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Chicago.

Sebastien Agneessens, a prominent New York-based curator for the contemporary arts, curated the multi-media exhibition that brings together some of the freshest talents on the contemporary art scene. Shamim Momin, associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, served as executive consultant. "Light and Speed" features conceptual photography by Miranda Lichtenstein, video art by Pascual Sisto and an architectural installation by Arne Quinze.

During its limited engagement in each city, The 460 Degrees Gallery will host gala events, public seminars, premium tastings and presentations by luxury retailers. The gallery opens in Los Angeles for a two-week run on October 20. "The idea of 460 Degrees is that there's more to discover beyond what we see or even imagine can be," says Agneessens.

The event is the first of its kind for Lexus, which is mounting "Light and Speed" at The 460 Degrees Gallery to showcase the launch of its all-new 2007 LS 460 luxury sedan. "We wanted to do something that celebrates reinvention and Lexus' heightened focus on design," said Deborah Meyer, vice president of marketing for Lexus. "The show is all about forward thinking and looking beyond the obvious, which perfectly represents the redesign of Lexus' flagship sedan."

The 460 Degrees Gallery in Los Angeles will be located at 269 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The exhibition manifesto and further details are available at

A Look Inside The 460 Degrees Gallery

A towering vortex of wood. Hypnotic video images of moving cars. Photographs chronicling the age-old quest for higher meaning and self-discovery. As Agneessens put it, entering "Light and Speed" at The 460 Degrees Gallery is like "journeying into a dream."

The exhibition space is dominated by "Timegate," Arne Quinze's massive spiral structure made of 3,300 pinewood planks, an installation that required more than three miles of wood and 26,600 nails. Quinze, a Belgian artist perhaps best known for his breakthrough designs for the Burning Man festival, said, "I want this work to be an experience out of time. Since it's a piece of art you walk into, it goes beyond visual understanding. This is an experience of sensuality and of deep feelings."

At the base of Quinze's vortex is a video installation by Barcelona-born artist Pascual Sisto, who now resides in Los Angeles. "Push/Pull" is his homage to American car culture: on one video screen, a kaleidoscopic vision of white headlights approaches in silence; on the other, red taillights speed away. "Living in L.A., most of my best ideas come to me while driving, and my imagery takes shape in the car," Sisto said. "The notion here is that driving is a meditative state and the car becomes an extension of one's imagination."

Miranda Lichtenstein also explores the nexus between meditation and machine. In a photographic series titled "The Searchers," the New York-based artist documents various paths that people take to discover higher consciousness. One image, "Anechoic Chamber," shows a man in a soundproof studio at Bell Laboratories that the Guinness Book once called the world's quietest room. "I wanted to create an image of something 'undocumentable' *complete silence," said Lichtenstein, whose other photographs on view document yoga, meditation and shamanic practices.

The 460 Degrees Gallery also presents opportunities for visitors to participate in the discovery process. Touch-screen displays feature in-depth artist interviews and take visitors inside the art-making process. In addition, various public events unfold around the exhibits, including a chocolate tasting seminar sponsored by Teuscher Chocolates & Cafe, glassmaking and silversmithing exhibitions by Micucci, Wired Magazine's "Gadget Lab" and a concierge seminar by Travel + Leisure (Los Angeles only. Events for other cities to be announced. See website for complete list of events and schedule.).

  Exhibition schedule:

  Los Angeles:                            Oct. 21 - Nov. 3, 2006
  New York:                               Nov. 14 - Nov. 27, 2006
  Miami:                                  Dec. 7  - 21, 2006
  Chicago:                                Jan. 10 - 23, 2007

  About the New LS 460

With the launch of the all-new 2007 LS 460 and the LS 460 L, the company's first-ever long-wheelbase model, Lexus brings its new styling philosophy known as L-finesse to its flagship luxury sedan.

"The first LS that debuted in 1989 set new standards in luxury and refinement, and the new LS 460 continues that heritage," notes Bob Carter, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. "This vehicle required novel approaches in craftsmanship, innovative styling and pioneering production processes in order to deliver unmatched refinement and elegance."

The new LS, with an all-new 380-horsepower V8 engine mated to the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission, blends power with meticulous details and engaging comfort that is uniquely Lexus. Exterior design cues embody a dignified strength, yet a sense of emotion and aggressiveness is exemplified in the continuous flow of the hood and bumper. With new standards of cabin tranquility and a longer wheelbase that brings 4.7 inches of additional legroom for rear passengers, the new LS approaches comfort and convenience from a new angle, redefining luxury.

About Lexus

Lexus has become synonymous with luxury since its introduction in 1989. By offering some of the finest quality luxury vehicles and providing benchmark customer service, Lexus has become the top-selling luxury nameplate in the United States for six years in a row. Lexus and its 221 dealers have repeatedly achieved high honors for both the products they sell and the customer service they provide as rated by the independent research firm of J.D. Power and Associates.