in Collaborations | 15 AUG 18

Sam Lewitt, 2018

'CORE (the "Work")'

in Collaborations | 15 AUG 18



BMW Open Work 2018

Sam Lewitt

CORE (the "Work")

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Sam Lewitt’s practice investigates the circulation of information and matter, opening up operatively closed systems and institutional structures in the process. Entitled CORE (the “Work”), Lewitt’s new commission for BMW Open Work focuses on motor engineering and technology, to conceptually and physically explore the production cycle of a BMW engine. Spurred by the artist’s dialogue with BMW engine specialists, CORE uses physical materials and manufacturing techniques from engineering, to re-imagine the engine manufacturing cycle as an engine in itself. In the process CORE engages with the structure of the commissioning system itself, by addressing relations of symbolic and material exchange within the work’s form.

Lewitt’s new commission will unfold as an installation in the BMW Lounge at Frieze London 2018, a soundscape in the Courtesy Car Service at the fair, and online at

Sam Lewitt is the second recipient of BMW Open Work, launched in 2017. Lewitt lives and works in New York. Selected institutional solo exhibitions include: Swiss Institute, New York (2016), Kunsthalle Basel (2016) and The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Other Mechanisms, Secession, Vienna (2018), Crash Test, La Panacée, Montpellier (2018), the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017), A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2016), Nature after Nature at Fridericianum, Kassel (2014), and Materials and Money and Crisis, MUMOK, Vienna (2013) and the Whitney Biennial (2012).


Frieze London

October 4 – 7, 2018

The Regent’s Park, London 


Sam Lewitt, 'Core (the "Work")', 2018

Sam Lewitt, Material for CORE, (the "Work”), 2018, BMW engine prototype part no. 86665245, Core for Intake Manifold, courtesy of the artist and BMW