The car is a BMW M6 GTLM that features a 585 horsepower engine. It will be on display through Dec. 4 at Art Basel in Miami before heading to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the Rolex 24 which runs Jan. 28-29.
“As one of the most important contemporary artists working today, John joins an incredible group from Calder and Hockney to Warhol and Koons that has contributed to this collection over the past 40 years,” said Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW of North America, in a news release. “He has used his signature aesthetic combining color, shapes and text to create a visually stunning work which will stand out at both the museum and on the racetrack in Daytona early next year.”
The last BMW Art Car placed fifth in the 2016 Rolex 24.
This is the 19th BMW Art Car designed. Baldessari used red, yellow, blue and green with monochrome dots on the car. Baldessari worked with BMW engineers in early November on the paint scheme of the car. The work was completed at the BMW Body & Paint Center in Oxnard, Calif.
“The ideas all came at once: for instance, the red dot on the roof, so you can see it from above, FAST on one side and a picture of the car on the other side,” said Baldessari, an artist from Los Angeles, in the release. “I like the ambiguity, having two-dimension and three-dimension at the same time. Considering the car as an icon of contemporary life, my concept turned out playfully satirical, but it also highlights some of the trademark ideas that I use. So you can say, the BMW Art Car is definitely a typical Baldessari and the fastest artwork I ever created.”
The car will be operated by BMW Team RLL and will be entered in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. BMW Motorsport North America and Team RLL have won five titles and 12 victories in the competition since 2009.