Four BMW Art Cars, designed by Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from February 12 through February 24.
The Art Cars have been touring around the world including stops in Korea, India, and Russia; after their stop at LACMA the Art Cars will travel to New York, then Mexico. Rare, behind-the-scenes footage of the four cars will also be on display. The videos reveal a young Warhol constructing his car, and Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg discussing their inspirations and influences.
The BMW Art Car Project was originally conceived by the French racecar driver Hervé Poulain, who in 1975 commissioned American artist Alexander Calder to paint his BMW racing car. Since then, prominent artists throughout the world have joined the cast of Calder, Stella, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg, and have designed sixteen BMW Art Cars, based on both racing and production vehicles.
The most recent contributors to the BMW Art Car program are David Hockney (1995), Jenny Holzer (1999), and Olafur Eliasson (2007). New artists are chosen by a panel of international judges, and BMW is currently in discussions for the development of the seventeenth art car.
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