Saturday, March 28, 2009

All Kids (Even Big Ones) Love Cars and Art

NYC has fantastic art exhibits, lots of them are free if you know where to find them.

Right now, until April 6, there is a BMW car art show at Grand Central Terminal. Seeing this exhibit made me wish I was an art teacher, an elementary school teacher or even the parent of young children again. I can just imagine the fun kids would have after seeing this exhibit and then going home to create similar works of art with their match box cars and paint sets. I wish math lent itself to this sort of creativity.

Part of the exhibit consists of BMW's decorated by famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and Robert Raushenberg. The exhibit not only has these great cars to see, but there is an audio and video part to explain the background. Details about how difficult these surfaces were to paint and the meanings of the designs was also explained. You can even dial up extra information on your cell phone.

This part of the exhibit was done by a guy named Robin Rhodes, from Cape Town, South Africa. Growing up he was forced to interact with chalk drawings that reflected his poverty, his shames and his desires. This is where he discovered his talent and his love of art.

In this exhibit, Rhodes has applied paint to the wheels of his BMW and has used the car as a "brush" on a blank canvas.

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