Cao Fei from China and American John Baldessari will be latest to join the ranks of outstanding artists such as Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney and Jeff Koons in designing an iconic BMW Art Car.

The upcoming 19th BMW Art Car will be unveiled on November 30 at Art Basel in Miami Beach, while Cao Fei’s creation will be revealed to the world at a major museum that is still undisclosed, sometime around the summer of 2017.


Contemporary American artist John Baldessari created art car No. 19 based on the M6 GT3. “I figured my use of colored dots is kind of an iconic series, so I had to include that,” Baldessari says. He’s known to use primary colors like red, yellow or blue. All this is reflected in his first design study for the BMW Art Car – which demonstrates his fascination for the multidimensionality and typography of the car as an object.

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Cao Fei (1978) and John Baldessari (1931) will be the youngest and the oldest artist, respectively, represented in the BMW Art Cars collection.