The driving rain did not cool the mood and anticipation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, when BMW announced that the BMW Art Car artists will be John Baldessari and Cao Fei for Racing Cars #18 and #19 in the series.
In 1975, French race car driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain invited an artist to create a canvas on an automobile, commissioning American artist Alexander Calder to paint the first BMW Art Car. The car was raced in 1975 by Poulain at Le Mans.
Amongst the 17 artists who have to date used the BMW Racing Car for their canvas are David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Frank Stella. Artists for the BMW Art Car Project are chosen by a panel of international judges.
The 2016 BMW Art Car #18 and #19 will be unveiled later next year. The cars will race once and then join the BMW Art Car Collection in Munich, travelling to museums in 2017. To learn more of the project, click here.