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      05-02-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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10 Interesting Facts on the Andy Warhol BMW M1 Art Car

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10. Andy Warhol was the fourth artist commissioned to design an Art Car.

Those preceding him were Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, and Roy Lichtenstein.

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9. The car features a fiberglass body.

The material requires extra caution when handling the vehicle, as paint may easily be chipped or cracked on the surface.

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8. The M1 was brought indoors through a window when it was put on display at the Warhol Museum in 2012.

The exhibition required the removal and re-installation of an entire window.

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7. In 2003, BMW released a limited number of 1:18 scale diecast models.

Each model of the featured Art Cars was initially released at an MSRP of $125, but today the miniatures are extremely rare and can only be obtained through auctions.

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6. The car was on display at the inaugural Paris Photo L.A.

In celebration of BMW and Paris Photo's 10th anniversary of partnership, the M1 was on display at Paramount Pictures Studios from April 26-28. It will stay in the United States for more appearances that will be announced soon.

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5. The colors and design represent high speeds.

Warhol described his vision saying, "I tried to portray a sense of speed. When a car is going really fast, all the lines and colors become a blur."

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4. He ran his fingers through the paint.

He did this as part of expressing the car's speed.

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3. The car raced just once, and it was at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979.

It finished in sixth place overall and second place in class.

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2. It was driven by three drivers: Manfred Winkelhock of Germany, Hervé Poulain of France, and Marcel Mignot of France.

The BMW Art Car project itself was initiated by Hervé Poulain in 1975.

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1. He spent 23 minutes painting the car.

While other artists who have styled Art Cars have created their designs on scaled-down models to be transferred by others onto actual cars, Andy Warhol insisted on working on his final canvas and doing the painting himself.

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I love that he painted the car himself by hand
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I got my 1:18 model a few weeks ago. It felt so special to have it in my house lol.
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I got my 1:18 model a few weeks ago. It felt so special to have it in my house lol.
That thing would be in a glass case at my place. Lucky guy
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U r all drinking the coolaid. That is one ugly car.
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U r all drinking the coolaid. That is one ugly car.
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That thing would be in a glass case at my place. Lucky guy
Mine is safe in its original box and is going to stay there until I have my man cave

Also if anyone has an art car model that they are willing to sell, let me know.
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I truly respect the vision of "speed" as the concept. But the execution on (almost) all the art cars just failed to deliver.
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U r all drinking the coolaid. That is one ugly car.
Dude he spent a whole 23min painting it. So much meaningful thought went into the design to portray "speed".
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Dude he spent a whole 23min painting it. So much meaningful thought went into the design to portray "speed".
I guess he put his heart and soul into it.

I think it's ugly, but If anyone likes it, fine!
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I wonder why you people think its hideous. I think it looks great, you just need a sense of art, and about 5 shots of vodka.
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Awful and overrated piece of "art". AW's intention was to express a sense of speed, and he miserably failed. It took him 23 minutes to complete this "masterpiece" using a thick brush. I've seen this car in person and it looks hideous.

Abstract art is the biggest scam ever.
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Car designers are true artists. What guys like Warhol do is painting like little enfants and calling it art.
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Beautiful...



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I truly respect the vision of "speed" as the concept. But the execution on (almost) all the art cars just failed to deliver.
Beautiful...



Like I said. Almost
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I got my 1:18 model a few weeks ago. It felt so special to have it in my house lol.
That thing would be in a glass case at my place. Lucky guy
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I truly respect the vision of "speed" as the concept. But the execution on (almost) all the art cars just failed to deliver.
I agree. His art car doesn't impress me either. Looks like my 5 year old did it.
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Warhol was an interesting dude. Where I live, we have an entire art-car parade. None of which implies speed however...
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