Bmw art car warhol. Warhol already a superstar was. His studio was known as a factory and his greatest fame came from portraying campbells soup cans. The name andy warhol is the quintessence of pop art.
The bmw art car project was introduced by the french racecar driver herve poulain. Since calders work of art many other renowned artists throughout the world have created bmw art cars including david hockney jenny holzer roy lichtenstein robert rauschenberg frank stella and andy warhol. Bmw art cars are some of the coolest little parts of automotive history where cars become something more than just cars more than just transportation.
The father of the bmw art car collection. Herve poulain who first lured prominent artists to bmw inspired other artists to join the party. The most recent artist to the join bmw art car program is jeff koons in 2010 with his m3 gt2.
The bmw art car collection has its roots in motor sport however. Many renowned artists throughout the world have created bmw art cars. The fourth bmw art car a bmw m1 was created in 1977 by the pop art legend andy warhol who unlike the previous artists worked directly on the full scale vehicle and painted the car himself.
Every auto race was and is a celebration of speed and from the very beginning a celebration of color. To most enthusiasts cars are art by. Born in pittsburgh usa in 1928 he studied from 1945 to 1949 at the carnegie institute of technology.
Anybody who declares soup cans to be a work of art or suggest closing a whole department store and keeping it as a museum for posterity must be unable to sense any conflict between functional technology and. To date a total of 19 bmw art cars based on both racing and regular production vehicles have been created. Some of the art worlds brightest names have added their colorful touch to the german automakers.
Its now considered the most valuable car in bmw history. Bmw began the trend to decorate race cars as rolling art. The non factory bmw art car models.
Andy warhol and the bmw art car in keeping with andy warhols view of art a car as a rolling work of art is more typical than unusual. For andy warhol to paint an automobile seems natural.