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December 2, 2013

This Buick Special is in Haring's traditional style and is untitled. ,

This Buick Special is in Haring's traditional style and is untitled. 



By Jake Lingeman

In addition to the BMW Art Cars showing up at Art Basel in Miami, the annual event will also feature cars that have been transformed into sculptures in the exhibit “Piston Heads: Artists engage the automobile.”

The exhibit runs from Dec. 4-8 and will be presented in a prize-winning parking structure designed by Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron, on the top level of 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

The exhibition includes works by Ron Arad, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, César, Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Virginia Overton, Olivier Mosset/ Jacob Kassay/Servane Mary, Richard Phillips, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Salvatore Scarpitta, Kenny Scharf, and Franz West. Additionally, LA-based artist Joshua Callaghan will create a signature “rubbing” of Ferrari's LaFerrari hybrid supercar, which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

The exhibits are made from actual cars that run or once did. Some are painted up like Keith Haring's 1963 Buick Special, some are flattened like Ron Arad's “Pressed Flower” and some are just polished metal like Olivier Mosset and Jacob Kassay's 1964 Ford Galaxie, which we would drive off a lot today.

The event is sponsored by Venus Over Manhattan, curatorial platform for exhibitions and projects, and Ferrari. The exhibition is open from 1-8 p.m. daily. Go to for more information.

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