BMW Art Car to Petit Le Mans

WOODCLIFF LAKE , NJ September 18, 2000 ... The newest BMW Art Car, created by American artist Jenny Holzer, will make its racing debut later this month at the American Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center northeast of...

WOODCLIFF LAKE , NJ September 18, 2000 ... The newest BMW Art Car, created by American artist Jenny Holzer, will make its racing debut later this month at the American Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center northeast of Atlanta. The artist will be at Road Atlanta for the racing debut. Unveiled last June at the world-famous 24-hour race at Le Mans, the fifteenth in a series of BMW Art Cars completed an honorary lap around the renowned French circuit June 12, 1999, but did not take part in the race. The Prototype from which the Holzer Art Car was built, the BMW V12 LMR, took victory in the 1999 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and has won numerous other campaigns such as the 1999 12 Hours at Sebring. The Holzer Art Car will be one of four BMW race cars at the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta September 30. The Petit Le Mans is the signature event of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and class winners are exempt from pre-qualifying for the 2001 24 Heures du Mans held in France. For her addition to BMW's Art Car Collection, Jenny Holzer, one of the most renowned American artists of this century, clothed a BMW V12 LMR with her written art. Holzer, born in Ohio in 1950, has attained worldwide recognition with her provocative text images. These represent a new and singular dimension in art. Holzer combines the medium of language with an object which she then places within a particular context. Her constructions and highly technological presentations, shining from walls and chiseled into stone, have gained a special standing in contemporary art. For this project, a BMW V12 LMR racing sports car is the medium for her statements. "PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT," Jenny Holzer's most famous statement, will be part of her foray into the world of motorsports. The concept will be part of the traditional markings, colors and graphics of racing car design. The BMW Art Car was conceived in 1975, the year that French auctioneer and race driver Herve Poulain first entered Le Mans. Searching for a link between art and motorsports, he asked his friend Alexander Calder to commission a rolling canvas on the BMW 3.0 CSL he would race. In the years that followed, this unique combination of motorsport and BMW design fascinated the famous artists of our time -- Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol have all turned BMW racing sports cars into Art Cars. The spectrum of designated models widened in the '80s; the painted bodywork was no longer restricted to racing cars, but now encompassed all BMW production models.

<pre> Chronological list of all Art Cars: Alexander Calder (USA) 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Frank Stella (USA) 1976 BMW 3.0 CSL Roy Lichtenstein (USA) 1977 BMW 320i Group 5 Race Version Andy Warhol (USA) 1979 BMW M1 Group 4 Race Version Ernst Fuchs (A) 1982 BMW 635 Csi Robert Rauschenberg (USA) 1986 BMW 635 CSi Michael Jagamara Nelson (AUS) 1989 BMW M3 Group A Race Version Ken Done (AUS) 1989 BMW M3 Group A Race Version Matazo Kayama (J) 1990 BMW 535i C‚sar Manrique (E) 1990 BMW 730i A.R. Penck (D) 1991 BMW Z1 Esther Mahlangu (ZA) 1991 BMW 525i Sandro Chia (I) 1992 BMW Racing Touring Car Prototype David Hockney (GB) 1995 BMW 850Csi Jenny Holzer (USA) 1999 BMW V12 LMR

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