Andy Warhol’s ‘Cars’ series to go on display in LA

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Andy Warhol’s ‘Cars’ series to go on display in LA
The Mercedes-Benz W125 was just one of the subjects of Andy Warhol's

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The Mercedes-Benz W125 was just one of the subjects of Andy Warhol’s “Car” project on display in Los Angeles.

If you love cars and are heading to Los Angeles soon, of course, you’ll make time to go to the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum. But if you’re also a fan of art, there may be a special reason to go there. It will appear in North America for the first time in more than 10 years and more than 30 years. “Andy Warhol: car – “Mercedes Benz Art Collection Works” will be on display from the 23rd of this month.

“Cars” was the last series Warhol created before his premature death in 1987, and was commissioned by Mercedes-Benz in 1986 to celebrate the 100th anniversary. Warhol planned to create 80 works of art using 20 different Mercedes models, spanning the 100-year history of German car makers.

However, at the time of his death in 1986 after gallbladder surgery, only 49 works (36 screen prints on canvas, 13 drawings) were completed. “Cars” was released only twice in total in Germany in 1988 and in Austria in 2010.

The legendary C111-II also received Warhol treatment in the series.  Both C111 and W125 will be on display with their respective artwork.

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The legendary C111-II also received Warhol treatment in the series. Both C111 and W125 will be on display with their respective artwork.

Of course, “Cars” was Warhol’s second car art project, first his fairly famous BMW M1 art car in 1979, but unlike the iconic BMW work, Warhol’s similar Perrier. With the Commission, “Cars” is “indistinguishable glitz,” critics accuse him of crossing the line in advertising.

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Warhol countered by describing himself as a “business artist.” Her mission represents the recognition of “the commercial reality of works of art, often hidden by the contemporary notions of autonomous artists.”

Mercedes-Benz C111-I (left), C111-II (right) and C111 prototype (top).

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Mercedes-Benz C111-I (left), C111-II (right) and C111 prototype (top).

In addition to Warhol’s art, the museum exhibits many themes, and Mercedes-Benz will also rent a 1937W125 Grand Prix car, a unique 1970C111-II, and a highly aerodynamic experimental vehicle. The fiberglass body and tri-rotor Wankel engine (later replaced by turbocharged diesel) reach speeds of 320kph.

There will also be a 1954 W196 Formula One car rented from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Forty original Warhol works from the “Cars” series, rented from the Mercedes-Benz Tourt Collection, are on display along with historic vehicles.

“Andy Warhol was a symbolic and influential figure that pioneered pop art and culture,” said Terry L. Calges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Andy Warhol never drove Rolls-Royce, but his famous friend did.

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Andy Warhol never drove Rolls-Royce, but his famous friend did.

“Few people have seen his car works, so I’m happy to be able to open them up to the public along with the unique vehicles that influenced his creative vision. For both art lovers and great cars. It is an exclusive exhibition that appeals. “

An interesting addition in the adjoining gallery is the 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, which was brand new by Warhol after a commercial success in Warhol’s art.

Warhol owned a car for the rest of his life, but never got a driver’s license and never drove a Silver Shadow. He always boarded as a passenger and relied on his friends for transportation. His list of famous drivers includes Mick Jagger, Imelda Marcos and Liza Minnelli.

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