This year, Art Hong Kong had a special booth that was not hosted by a gallery, but an automotive company. BMW, long a sponsor of the arts with their Art Car program in where legends like Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Jeff Koons and Alexander Calder were recruited to design the exterior of their flagship sports car. The German car maker gave attendees of this year’s fair a unique treat as they brought back the M1 sports car that was hand painted by Andy Warhol. Yes, we said hand painted as Warhol actually took the time to paint the car himself in 1979. The color splotches and imperfections were designed intentionally as he wanted to display speed and constant movement by blurring the paint.
If you’re lucky enough to be in England, the London ICA is hosting Art Drive! BMW Art Car Collection 1975-2010 where 16 of the past BMW art cars are on display on 6 floors of the museum.
Discuss Andy Warhol here.