Jeff Koons, ‘BMW Art Car 1:18 scale model’, 2011, EHC Fine Art: Essential Editions V
Jeff Koons, ‘BMW Art Car 1:18 scale model’, 2011, EHC Fine Art: Essential Editions V
Jeff Koons, ‘BMW Art Car 1:18 scale model’, 2011, EHC Fine Art: Essential Editions V

Comes with original box and plexi display case.

This car is a 1/18 scale miniature diecast replica of the Jeff Koons art car produced in conjunction with BMW. Since 1975, BMW had invited artists to use its cars as canvases. In creating the car, Koons studied pictures of racecars and explosions, even joining the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing team for laps at Sebring. The bright colors and bold streaks are meant to evoke speed even while the car is not in motion.
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About Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”), shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Dada and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.” The “Banality” series that brought him fame in the 1980s included pseudo-Baroque sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson with his pet ape, while his monumental topiaries, like the floral Puppy (1992), reference 17th-century French garden design.

American, b. 1955, York, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York