Art of Steel
Machines of intrigue, no doubt. But there’s a higher echelon out there to be ogled.
The melding of speed and artistic expression was conceived by Herve Poulain, an amateur racer and auctioneer who recruited artist and friend Alexander Calder to decorate a ‘75 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” he raced at Le Mans in 1975.
The moment begat a revolution for BMW, who over the following decades would periodically collaborate with other artists of the moment on their “art cars:” Fuchs, Hockney, Warhol and, most recently, Jeff Koons. Each would utilize Beamer chrome as his canvas, creating moving galleries for gearheads of which we still see the influence.
Have a gander at the entire BMW collection here.
And because we can’t get enough of these museum-worthy roadsters, check out seven more artist/automaker collaborations below.
Burning Man: we see your art car, and we raise you an actual artist.
Enjoy the road show.
Jaguar Bonnet Artwork Collection by Cesar Pieri
McLaren F1 GTR by César
Rolls-Royce Phantom by Hussain Albagali
Lamborghini Gallardo Sharpie Car by Jona Cerwinske
Dodge Playboy Charger by Richard Phillips
Buick Special Untitled (Car) by Keith Haring
Tesla Roadster by Laurence Gartel
Buick Grand National by Richard Prince