Koons and Warhol BMW Art Cars at Art Basel Miami
Join Date: Dec 2001
Art Basel Miami took over Miami Beach last week and into the weekend. An art show of this scale brings with it art with prices into the millions and a few priceless items including two BMW Art Car. The Andy Warhol painted BMW M1 Art Car is the most iconic of the 17 cars transformed into rolling works of art by some of the most famous painters of the modern era.
In 1979 BMW commissioned Andy Warhold to paint a BMW M1 Pro Car just before the 24 hour of Le Mon that same year. Warhol was the 4th artist in the art car series. Unlike the artist before or after him Andy Warhol is the only one to have painted the car himself. All other art cars were created on a scale model and transferred to the real car by others. Report only taking 23 minutes to paint the entire car Warhol used his fingers to draw lines in the paint to portray a sense of speed.
If you were at Art Basel and missed the M1 it was in the VIP Collectors Lounge inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. BMW supplied the priceless art car as part of their Art Basel sponsorship.
At the other end of the spectrum is the BMW GT2 Art Car created by artist Jeff Koons. The Koons car is the 17th and most recent addition to the BMW Art Car collection. It was commissioned by BMW in 2010 and raced in the 24 hours of Le Man the same year.
The two art cars are 31 years apart and Koons opted to use modern technology when designing his addition to the collection. The entire design was build in a 3D modeling software, printed onto vinyl and then applied to the car. Basically it was a very expensive custom vinyl wrap but the results are stunning. Pictures of the Koons' art car do not do it justice, it is something you must see in person to truly appreciate.
The Koons car was in a massive glass box in the Botanical Garden directly adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Not only was the art car a piece of art but the display for the art car was impressive.
In addition to the priceless Warhol and Koons art car BMW supplied transportation for VIP Art Basel guests with a fleet of 7 series sedans. The BMW i3 was also on hand with pop up test drives from unannounced hotspots in Miami. If you missed Art Basel Miami this year put it on your calender for next year. It is a go to event for art connoisseurs and casual art enthusiasts alike.
Last edited by tim330i; 12-12-2013 at 02:00 PM..