A record-breaking charity art auction, Artists for Haiti, was held Thursday, September 22nd at the David Zwirner Gallery and organized with actor Ben Stiller’s Stiller foundation. The Christie’s fundraising auction featured works by such well-known contemporary artists as Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton and Chuck Close to raise money for relief efforts in Haiti. Read more
Kiehl’s has collaborated with world-recognized contemporary artist Jeff Koons (again)* to raise awareness – and funds- for kids in need. Read more
On April 7th, I brought you the news that artist Jeff Koons would be designing the 17th BMW Art Car.
At the premiere of the 17th BMW Art Car Jeff Koons unveiled and signed his car in front of 300 international VIP guests on June 1 in the Centre Pompidou, one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions for modern and contemporary art. It is the same place where Roy Lichtenstein back in 1977 first presented and signed his Art Car. Koons’ canvas is a BMW M3 GT2, which was homologated to compete at this year’s running of the world’s most famous endurance race.
As part of his creative process, the artist collected images of race cars, related graphics, vibrant colors, speed and explosions. The resulting artwork of bright colors conceived by Koons is evocative of power, motion and bursting energy. Its silver interior along with the powerful exterior design, the Art Car will impart a dynamic appearance even when it’s standing still.
“These race cars are like life, they are powerful and there is a lot of energy,” said Koons. “You can participate with it, add to it and let yourself transcend with its energy. There is a lot of power under that hood and I want to let my ideas transcend with the car – it’s really to connect with that power”.
Koons has been in an intense collaboration with BMW’s team in Munich for months – melding his skill with sophisticated BMW engineering – to ensure that the 17th BMW Art Car will be race-ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Under Koons’ direct guidance and supervision, his BMW Art Car was produced in assistance with a team of BMW engineers and designers at Schmid Design, outside Munich.
The challenge to create the BMW Art Car had to do with using a light material and a design that would not interfere with the racecar’s aerodynamics and weight. Timing was also an issue, as there was only a two month window between the first design sketches and the Paris world premiere. This is why digital print on car wrapping vinyl was used covered by a double clear-coating to bring out the color.
To apply hundreds of dynamic lines of Koons’ design onto the car, CAD designs were translated from 3D into 2D for the printing process and then painstakingly applied to the entire car as well as onto individual spare parts. Koons design incorporates many bright contrasting colors to communicate the aesthetics of power. The concept design was transformed into hard edged lines of color. Graphics of debris were added to the rear sides and back of the car to simulate the power of the car. Furthermore, two graphic rings on the rear of the car represent supersonic acceleration.
information and images courtesy of BMW.
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Happy Easter, Happy Bunny Day, Happy Christ Resurrection, Jesus Zombie Day and all that. In honor of the holiday, I’m going to share with you a bunch o’ bunnies. Bunnies in art, in literature, in movies, as brands and some of the biggest bunnies in the world. I had to really cull down this post or by the time you finished reading it, it’d be Christmas. Read more
Above: Jeff Koons in front of his “Split-Rocker” (2000) as it graces the famous Palace and Gardens of Versailles.
American Artist Jeff Koons – whose work is called everything from pop, kitsch.. even zany by the press – is displaying 17 of his pieces (almost all recent works from the 80s until now) at the Chateau de Versailles (aka Palace of Versailles) from September 10th through December 14th. Read more
Meet Laura Scottini (aka Laurina Paperina), an italian artist with a wonderfully wicked sense of humor tinged with a schadenfreude vibe. Read more