PRINT January 2008


THINK “ART CAR,” and you’ll likely summon images of styled automobiles from BMW’s long-standing series by that name featuring automotive collaborations with artists—beginning with the likes of Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol in the 1970s and A. R. Penck and Jenny Holzer in the ’90s, and continuing through to Olafur Eliasson’s high-tech, high-concept frozen vehicle last year commenting on carbon emissions and global warming. But such designer traits are hardly what come to mind when considering Berlin-based artist Annette Kelm’s Art Car, 2007, a photographic diptych depicting a vehicle significantly less spectacular than these others. In fact, the convertible’s body is stripped down in every sense: The door handles, mirrors, and bumpers have been removed from the car (made in the ’80s by Volkswagen) and stuck in its backseat; and Kelm’s photographs are similarly unfinished in sensibility,

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