Interview: Jeff Koons on His Exhilarating BMW 8 Series Collaboration and More

A hand-painted celebration of life, energy and mobility from the acclaimed fine artist

A work of art both inside and out, limited to 99 models worldwide, Jeff Koons‘ custom BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe exudes excitement. Known as The 8 X Jeff Koons, the vehicle incorporates playful hand-painted illustrations—from cartoon-like explosions to charming vapor-thrust clouds—all of which unite to lend the body a sense of animation and acceleration, even when it’s stationary. Inside, premium materials, primary colors and …

The Process Behind BMW’s Artificial Intelligence Artwork From Frieze New York 2021

Gary Yeh and Nathan Shipley explain their decisions behind the “Ultimate AI Masterpiece”

Joining the illustrious ranks of Warhol and Lichtenstein, Jenny Holzer, Cao Fei, Futura and and dozens of other marquee visual artists, artDrunk founder Gary Yeh and creative technologist Nathan Shipley (of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners) have contributed the “Ultimate AI Masterpiece” to BMW‘s lineage of art collaborators. Unlike their predecessors, Yeh and Shipley’s series of art-adorned BMW 8 Series Gran Coupes debuted virtually. And, the two collaborated digitally from Seoul and San Francisco, respectively. …

Interview: FUTURA’s Decades of Kinetic Art + Meaningful Collaborations

From the "BREAK" train in the '80s to today's BMW M2, the artist's work continues to move people

In 1980, a subway car sped through the Bronx completely covered in the work of Futura (the pseudonym of graffiti writer Lenny McGurr, formerly Futura 2000). It was another breakthrough for the artist—and the art form, as it was an exploration of unmatched proportions, all the while void of a traditional tag. Futura eschewed the medium’s font-forward styles for abstraction and, in doing so, helped …