Archive for the ‘Art Cars’ Category

Warhol and Cars: American Icons

Friday, February 10th, 2012


A special exhibit is currently on display at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh entitled “Warhol and Cars: American Icons” The exhibit will run through May 13th and features more than forty drawings, paintings and photographs form 1946 to 1986. Warhol worked as a commercial artist in the 40’s and 50’s so the span of the work will include drawings he did for fashion magazines he worked for as well as work he did as a fine artist.
An original BMW-M1 racing car that was hand painted by Warhol in 1979 will be on display in the gallery along with an accompanying film showing the artist painting the car.

Images: The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Chicago or Bust

Friday, June 10th, 2011


A road trip in a run down jalopy must have been a special experience in 1934 and based on the dirty hands these guys have, there were probably plenty of roadside adjustments needed on the Chevy, but these guys made it all the way up from New Orleans to attend the Century of Progress World’s Fair located in Chicago. Impressed with the artistically bedecked Chevy, fair officials gave the boys a special parking permit near the fairs grounds to display their masterpiece. The slogans on the car include :”2 things don’t mix: gas n gin” and “Our moms home waiting for us” I’ll bet the artist Charles A. Dupaquier, went on to have a fine career as an artist. Photograph is courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

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The VW Bus Ball

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Just about everyone knows that the guys in ZZ Top are big car guys. It seems like every time you see them they’re not far from a classic street rod. Well,¬† the other night my wife had the pleasure of seeing ZZ Top in concert as part of special VH1 concert that was shot here in Chicago. One of the guys she went with is a big art car guy and he mentioned to her that she had to check out the VW Ball owned by ZZ Tops¬† Billy F Gibbons. What an amazing piece of art!

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