Richard Phillips Unveils “Playboy Charger” During Art Basel Miami Beach


Playboy Charger

MIAMI, December 3, 2013 – Contemporary artist Richard Phillips’ “Playboy Charger” made its debut in Miami during Art Basel at an iconoclastic exhibition, titled “Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile,” presented by Venus Over Manhattan – a New York City-based curatorial platform founded by Adam Lindemann.

The artist edition Dodge Charger is part of the second phase of Phillips’ collaboration with Playboy.

Phillips’ art car is one of 14 works on display at the exhibit, which is open to the public from December 4th – 8th on the top level of 1111 Lincoln Road, the stunning open-air parking structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

On the evening of December 3rd, Venus Over Manhattan held an invitation-only preview of the “Piston Head” exhibit where Phillips first presented “Playboy Charger” to an international artist community. On hand at the event were Playmates Alison Waite and Jessa Hinton, along with Playboy model Leanna Decker, who will appear alongside the “Playboy Charger” in an upcoming issue of Playboy magazine.

The undeveloped form of the Dodge Charger used in “Playboy Marfa” – the provocative roadside installation along U.S. Route 90 near Marfa, Texas that Phillips created – served as the blank canvas for his new art car. Phillips then mined inspiration from Playboy’s brand iconography and heritage, as well as the American stock car racing culture. The result is both an artistic statement and fully functioning kinetic sculpture that pays homage to Playboy’s erotic and thought-provoking legacy with an emphasis on futurity and speed. With over 800bhp (brake horse power) available from its NASCAR-like engine, it may be the most powerful pure art object yet produced.

“Playboy Charger” is part of a multi-phase artistic initiative developed by Phillips. Under the direction of Neville Wakefield, Playboy’s Creative Director of Special Projects, the initiative kicked off in June 2013 with Phillips’ “Playboy Marfa” art installation. “Playboy Marfa” will later re-emerge as part of Phillips’ 2014 survey exhibition at Dallas Contemporary – a contemporary art museum in Dallas, Texas.

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About Richard Phillips:

Born in Massachusetts in 1962, Richard Phillips is an American contemporary artist known for his strikingly distinctive work. Based on found imagery, his art deals with the marketability of man, his wishes, ideas, actions, identity, sexuality, politics, and desires. He translates these images into both drawings and paintings executed through a traditional process. In doing so, he makes use of the iconic quality of pictures, which the media and Art use daily—each according to its own agenda. Phillips has exhibited his work in the U.S. and Europe, including: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Denver Museum, Colorado; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; UBS Paine Webber Art Collection, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Phillips’ imagery has achieved a level of pop recognition outside of the art world with fashion, media and film collaborations. He has contributed to the television show “Gossip Girl,” MAC Cosmetics, The Art Production Fund, and Visionaire. He’s appeared as a guest judge on Bravo’s TV series “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”. Phillips lives and works in New York. For more, go to

About Venus Over Manhattan:

Venus over Manhattan was founded by Adam Lindemann as a curatorial platform for exhibitions and projects that expand upon the conventional gallery format through collaborations with artists, dealers, collectors, curators, and institutions. Shows will include works of art and design that range from historic to contemporary. The new upcoming exhibit runs from December 3-8, 2013 in Miami, FL. For more, go to

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