A public art installation featuring two distinct projects – a 30’ x 40’ vibrant new work comprised of 48 painted panels by contemporary artist Robin Rhode using a BMW Z4 Roadster, and a collection of four celebrated BMW Art Cars designed by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg – will be on display and free to the public from Wednesday, March 25 – Monday, April 6, 2009 at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall®, 87 East 42nd St. (between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves.), Manhattan.
Rhode used an all-new 2009 BMW Z4 Roadster as his paintbrush to create a bold, dramatic, contemporary piece, one of his most ambitious to date. From a tower 30 feet above his canvas, Rhode choreographed the movement of the BMW Z4 Roadster, which was mounted with special paint dispensers behind its wheels, across the canvas, while filmmaker Jake Scott captured the 12-hour process with 45 simultaneous camera angles. Video footage shot by Scott, including behind-the-scenes footage of Rhode, will be projected above the canvas. And, Rhode’s paintbrush (the BMW Z4 Roadster, paint and all) will be on display as well.
Occupying the other half of Vanderbilt Hall will be the four BMW Art Cars, which will be accompanied by rare video footage that reveals a young Warhol painting his car, Stella and Rauschenberg discussing their inspirations and influences in creating their respective pieces and various experts discussing the resulting impact of these works. The BMW Art Car project was originally conceived in 1975 by French racecar driver Hervé Poulain. He had the idea of inviting an artist, his friend American artist Alexander Calder, to use his automobile, a BMW racing car, as a canvas. Since then, sixteen of the world’s most respected artists have designed BMW Art Cars, which have been exhibited by the finest museums and galleries, from the Louvre in Paris to the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao.
(source: Rubenstein Communications, Inc.)
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