(after) Mercedes-Benz Formel-1-Rennwagen
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) - (after) Mercedes-Benz Formel-1-Rennwagen
Medium: Serigraph in colours on slightly structured cardboard
Description: Warhol began incorporating vehicles into his works in the 1960s and his “Cars” series was one of Warhol’s last commissions. The “Cars” series, of which this print is an example, was commissioned by art dealer Hans Mayer, who then took the paintings to Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz subsequently commissioned Warhol to reproduce cars from the company’s history, providing the artist with photographs off of which he would base his silkscreens. But from the planned 80 works and the subjects would be of of Daimlers 20 most important cars. Warhol died in 1987 and at the time of his death had only completed 35 silkscreens and 12 large scale drawings. They were his last works. This posthumous print, authorised by the Warhol Foundation shows the Mercedes-Benz Formel-1-Rennwagen W125. The 47 pieces belong to the Daimler Art Collection and, according to Der Spiegel for the first time since 1988 they are being shown together to the public. This past January, the Albertina Museum in Vienna opened the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Cars, ” which also includes works by Robert Longo, Vincent Szarek and Sylvie Fleury, totaling 60 pieces. There was a recent showing of this series in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. According to the museum, the connection between Warhol and the Daimler commission reflected more than marketing prowess. The Museum notes that while cars “emerged sporadically” in the works of Italian Futurists, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the automobile “became a motif in its own right.” And artists like Warhol and Tom Wassermann were on the forefront of that movement.