You can't really ask for more than a garage full of choice vintage cars (turned into mind-altering sculptures by some of the greatest artists of the past 50 years) in one of the most architecturally significant buildings in South Beach. But that's exactly what's happening amidst the crush of Art Basel with tonight's opening of Venus Over Manhattan's Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile at the Herzog & de Meuron-designed car park at 1111 Lincoln Road. In addition to 15 cars provocatively "engaged" by the likes of Tom Sachs, Keith Haring (who went wild on a 1963 Buick Special, above), and Richard Prince (and his custom-paneled Dodge Challenger, below), the opening will also feature a live rubbing of Ferrari's new 12-cylinder, carbon body LaFerrari supercar by upcoming LA artist Joshua Callaghan. There's even a souped up pan head Harley with a suicide clutch, owned by Swiss artist Oliver Mosset. Gentleman, start your engines.
Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile, December 3-8, at 1111 Lincoln Road.