Now on view through June 19 at the Montclair Art Museum (MAM): Warhol and Cars: American Icons, the first exhibition to examine the pop art godfather’s enduring fascination with “automotive vehicles as products of American consumer society.”

Featuring more than 40 drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and archival material on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum and private collections spanning the artist’s career from 1946 to 1986, the exhibition highlights MAM’s pivotal, little known early silkscreen painting Twelve Cadillacs from 1962 (below).

Check out Warhol and Cars: American Icons at the Montclair Art Musem

Of course the most famous Warhol on four wheels is his BMW M1 Art Car from 1979 (above and below); MAM is showing a film of its creation at the exhibit.

The MAM show features another lesser-known Warhol / BMW collaboration, however: a unique, recently discovered, large-scale fiberglass maquette of a 1978 BMW race car incorporating one of his signature pop art floral designs, exhibited in the U.S. for the first time.

Yes, finally a reason to motor on over to the Garden State.

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Twelve Cadillacs, 1962; Montclair Art Museum purchase; prior bequest of James Turner and Acquisition Fund 1998.9
© 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York