Jenny Holzer was just one of the visual artists to give BMW’s art car series a whirl. She didn’t exactly glorify the vehicle in accordance to the commission’s intent. “Protect me from what I want” could be read as anti-consumerist and “You are so complex you don’t respond to danger” seems even sarcastic.
Jean-Luc Godard’s Parisienne People cigarettes commercial
Legendary director Jean-Luc “I hate Capitalism” Godard and his video artist wife Anne-Marie Mieville went all out with the weird for this cigarette commercial. It’s more of a surrealist nightmare than a brand endorsement.
Richard Kern’s American Apparel ads with Sasha Grey
Sasha Grey was not the only porn actress to ever appear (link NSFW) in an American Apparel campaign. Yet, as one of the more high profile adult industry stars working with transgressive filmmaker/photographer Richard Kern, they knocked out a campaign so authentically sleazy, everything this clothing line has done makes it look like pretend-porn amateur hour, literally.
Bob Dylan’s commercial for Victoria’s Secret
Bob Dylan’s appearance in this commercial had everyone thinking, “Am I hallucinating?” We’re still not sure. It’s just so outlandish, we can’t not give it some credit.
David Lynch’s commercial for Playstation
Speaking of surreal, director David Lynch specializes in the most bizarre of films, and as it follows, the most deliberately bizarre commercials. It was especially impressive when he knocked out this fairly straight forward piece for Playstation, sans all his usual David Lynchian oeuvre, with a climax reminiscent of UNKLE’s “Rabbit in Your Headlights” video.
Takashi Murakami’s video for Kanye West
After this collaboration with Japanese superflat artist Takashi Murkami, ‘Ye went on to work with Marco Brambilla and George Condo. Hip hop and contemporary art have never been more in love.
Björk’s iPad Album
Björk’s concept album Biophilia, which was “partly recorded” on an iPad, will arrive with an app for each track. That’s some hefty brand endorsement. Yet, it could be amazing. David Attenborough says so.
Andy Warhol’s commercial for a Japanese electronics company
Unofficial Campbell’s spokesperson Andy Warhol was too cool to keep his eyes open for this TDK electronics commercial.