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BMW Art Cars

Ed. Thomas Girst, text(s) by Claudia Lanfranconi, Eva Karcher, Jürgen Lewandowski, Phil Patton, Lowery Stokes Sims, Ulrich Lehmann, Carl Gustav Magnusson, Silke Hohmann, Thomas Girst, Antonia Niederländer, Iria Candela, Peter Robinson

German

2018. 224 pp., 220 ills.

Hardcover

24.50 x 28.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4481-2

Legendary automobiles by artists, reissued and expanded by two new shooting stars on the art scene

Twelve years after the first Benz patent motorcar Number 1 made its first journey in July 1886, a car raced across the image in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithograph, The Automobilist. La 628-E8, a novel named after the license plate number of its author, Octave Mirbeau, was published in the early twentieth century. In his Futurist Manifesto, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti rated the beauty of a racecar’s revving engine and speed higher than the aesthetics of the Nike of Samothrace. Ever since its invention, artists have been examining the automobile, and the BMW Art Cars have played a central role here. Alexander Calder’s BMW 3.0 CSL from 1975 was the first in a series brought to life by Hervé Poulain, lover of auto racing and works of art, in collaboration with BMW’s head of motorsports, Jochen Neerpasch. Seventeen artists have since designed BMW models, and the “rolling sculptures” have not only proved themselves in museums, but also on the race track at Le Mans.

ARTISTS FEATURED (selection)
John Baldessari, Alexander Calder, Sandro Chia, Ken Done, Olafur Eliasson, Cao Fei, Ernst Fuchs, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Michael Jagamara Nelson, Matazo Kayama, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Esther Mahlangu, César Manrique, A.R.Penck, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol

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