Car companies have increasingly invited artists to design their new series. Vehicles provide a great opportunity for artists to showcase their artistic talent. Below, I present five unique collaborations which caught my attention.
1. BMW Z1 by Keith Haring
Keith Haring painted a red BMW Z1 at Hans Mayer Gallery in Düsseldorf in 1987, which is now housed in a private collection. The car shows Haring’s strong, graphic line and his characteristic signs of emblematic nature.
2. Volvo XC60 by DAIM
3. Convertible Mustang Customised by Olek
Agata Oleksiak alias Olek crocheted a Mustang convertible in Miami in 2010. With the old-fashioned technique of crocheting, Olek has taken the ephemeral medium of yarn to express everyday occurrences and inspiration. “I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology,” she explains.
4. BMW M3 GT2 by Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons aesthetically transformed the BMW M3 GT2 in 2010. The car had the racing number 79 – honouring in that way the BMW M1 body work-over presented by Andy Warhol in 1979.
5. Ferrari F430 by Ben Levy
British artist Ben Levy used this 2008 Ferrari F430 Challenge car as a canvas to create a unique piece of artwork for the ‘Artceleration’ event which was part of Art Basel Miami 2015. Words such as ‘love,’ ‘cash,’ and ‘envy’ were repeatedly spray painted over the Ferrari.
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