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BMW Art Cars- Grand Central Station, NYC

April 14th, 2009 by Ian

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clockwise from top left: 1977 BMW 320i by Roy Lichtenstein; 1986 BMW 635CSi by Robert Rauschenberg; 1979 BMW M1 by Andy Warhol; 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL by Frank Stella

Our very own Grand Central Station was one of the stops along BMW’s traveling Art Car exhibit.  These four famous BMW’s were formerly used as blank canvases by world renowned artists,  Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Robert Raushenberg.   The BMW art car project began in 1975 when race car driver Hervé Poulain commisioned an American artist to paint his BMW, and today there are 16 vehicles in the BMW art car stable.  These cars have graced some of the worlds most prestigious museums including the Louvre in Paris, and the Guggenheim in NY and Bilboa.

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  • These look great! And still some people think that car paint jobs cannot be considered art. The bumpers on the cars do not look like they are stock. I wonder what other car accessories were added to achieve that look.

  • I hope this tradition to paint those BMW cars would continue. What better way to combine art together with nice cars than to do this car painting. There are a few other famous artists that should be given this opportunity.

  • These cars looks really impressive i wonder what kind of body kits and parts they installed. The color coordination of every car looks really compatible and great. It’s sad they they always say that car paint is not an art but if they will see this i think they will be amazed and their point of view will change.

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