Legendary Racing Champion Danny Sullivan Revved Up Miami’s Art Scene at VIP Art Reception
Special Appearance by Racing Icon Danny Sullivan attracted art world luminaries, paparazzi and motorsports leaders
In Honor of the Hubert Phipps Art Exhibition in the Miami Design District, at the ARES Modena Supercar Showroom
The Italian luxury coachbuilder ARES Modena (which specializes in limited series and one-off supercars for select clients) invited legendary motorsports champion Danny Sullivan to a VIP celebration on February 3rd in the Miami Design District.
The reception was in honor of the nationally acclaimed artist Hubert Phipps who was one of Sullivan’s professional teammates when Phipps was also a national racecar champion.
The private event celebrated the art exhibition Hubert Phipps: Ascending, which ushered in the arrival of the ARES S1 supercar model for its North American premiere at the new ARES Design Miami showroom (the first ARES showroom in the U.S.).
Luminaries from the art world, including prominent collectors, curators, designers, news media, culture-lovers, and racecar industry leaders attended.
This reception was presented by the award-winning Italian wine Lambrusco Concerto by Medici Ermete winery (awarded for 13 consecutive years Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso, winner of “Best in Show Champion Trophy,” and awarded to the International Wine Challenge 2010 in London).
Above: the new ARES S1 supercar model made its North American premiere alongside this new art exhibition by the American artist Hubert Phipps.
The paintings and sculptures by Phipps surrounded the supercar model in the showroom, creating a striking effect.
A sculptor and painter, Hubert Phipps is also a pilot, coming up on his 50th anniversary as an aviator in the tradition of the Phipps family.
The exhibition featured several works born out of the artist’s love for acceleration and for aerodynamic forms.
“I am honored to have been invited by ARES Miami for this collaboration, and am thrilled that my friend Danny Sullivan was present at this special reception,” said Hubert Phipps.
“ARES Modena is one of the world’s leading studios of high-performance design and stellar engineering, and this collaboration is igniting new inspirations in my artmaking,” adds Phipps.
The title of this exhibition – Hubert Phipps: Ascending – reflects the growing national recognition of the artist, and Phipps’ history with racecars and aircraft. The exhibition debuted during the week of Art Basel in Miami.
“We were thrilled to exhibit Hubert Phipps’ work for the debut of ARES Miami showroom, our first in North America,” said Dany Bahar, the Co-Founder and CEO of ARES Modena.
“Phipps’ background as a champion racecar driver and an aviator is clearly evident in his sleek, captivating artwork. These bold pieces by Phipps created a singular, powerful experience as they encircled our ARES S1 supercar model for its North American debut. The passion that goes into coachbuilding is very similar to producing a sculpture, each is a masterpiece that can be appreciated for its unique shape and design,” adds Dany Bahar, the Co-Founder and CEO of ARES Modena.
The new ARES S1 supercar model was flown from Italy to Miami, and has never been shown in North America.
The one-of-a-kind, automotive work of art is the centerpiece for this exhibition, surrounded by sculptures and artworks by Phipps that are seen as a perfect fit with the creative aesthetic behind ARES Modena’s singular success in automotive design.
Only 24 versions of the ARES S1 supercar will be created in the entire world, each tailor-made to the client’s desires and taste, making each design unique. The ARES S1’s dramatic low-profile is similar to racing prototypes from the 70s and 80s.
Hand-crafted in carbon fiber, the curvaceous wheel arches, with sculptured side skirts and forward sitting cockpit, give a sleek yet aggressive stance.
The S1 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 delivering power to the wheels via an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. The interior combines the finest Alcantara and Napa leather that is quilted in specific areas.
These sculptures and artworks by Phipps rev up the space in the ARES Miami showroom, apace with the supercar’s electrifying spirit: Sky Temple, Voyager, Arch, Lava Flow, Africa 1, and Africa 2, plus a maquette-sized version of Rocket from the private collection of real estate magnate Lawrence Moens.
Special guest at this event was the Certified Sommelier Mauro Maugliani (WSET Awarded), an Italian wine specialist for the Southeast USA and Caribbean for Kobrand Corporation. Guests enjoyed the Italian wine Lambrusco Concerto by Medici Ermete winery represented in the U.S. by Kobrand Corporation, one of the leading companies in the US market.
More about the artist Hubert Phipps…
From 1979 to 1985, Hubert Phipps turned in solid performances in racecar driving, winning the SCCA Formula Atlantic National championship. He achieved wins in the Formula Atlantic Professional series at Willow Springs in 1984, and again in 1985.
His professional racecar teammates of Hubert Phipps included Danny Sullivan at Garvin Brown Racing in 1982 and Michael Andretti at Ralt America in 1983.
Phipps comes from a history-making family that boasts generations of aviators. He acquired his pilot’s license at the age of 16 and has logged more than 4,000 hours of flying time (he often pilots his Airbus Helicopter H-120 down to Florida from his artist studio in Virginia).
One of the most striking examples of Phipps’ passion for motion and flight is Phipps’ monumental sculpture titled Rocket, which was recently selected for a major Art in Public Places program spearheaded by the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
The 30-foot-tall sculpture is valued at $1.5 million, and is one of the largest outdoor sculptures in the history of public art initiatives in Palm Beach County.
Watch the dazzling aerial video of the Rocket sculpture at youtu.be/U9SzZCauoJM (a maquette-sized version of Rocket will be featured in this exhibition at ARES Miami)
About the Coachbuilding Tradition
The history of coachbuilding goes back to the early 1900s mainly in Europe and the UK, with a few U.S., coachbuilders in the 1920s. The golden age of coachbuilding was in the 1930s, a period that witnessed the creation of the most extravagant cars. Later, in the 1960s, Italy became the main center for the most reputable coachbuilders.
Automotive artisans created and hand-built cars for affluent car collectors, connoisseurs, and automobile manufacturers. The designers, engineers and craftsmen combined artistry, passion, creativity, and technology to produce rare collectible automobiles.
Coachbuilders were setting the new trends in design and style that would influence the most desirable motorcars that are currently winning awards on the leading Concours d’Elegance.
Many one-off coachbuilt motorcars remain priceless today, and are admired by their owners in their private collections as works of art.
“We were honored to collaborate with the artist Hubert Phipps for Art Basel Season here in Miami, and to host the racing icon Danny Sullivan for our reception honoring the Hubert Phipps art exhibition at the ARES Studio in Miami,” said Mo Elarishy of ARES Miami.
While the vision of ARES Modena is focused squarely on the future of the luxury automotive industry, its roots are planted in the past and the grand tradition of Italian coachbuilding. It is an art form synonymous with craftsmanship and outstanding manufacturing, with each product made to order and by hand.
Headquartered in the European supercar community of Modena, Italy ─ home to the legendary Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Pagani, ARES uses advanced technologies to offer the highest level of individualization, as the designers, engineers, and craftsmen bring dream cars to life.
Advanced computer CAD systems, 3D scanning, and 3D printing are currently utilized, as coachbuilding enters a new era with unlimited possibilities. Located in the Miami Design District at 151 NE 41st Street, the ARES Miami showroom was designed by the ARES Centro Stile department, which drew its inspiration from the clean-cut lines of the modern day art gallery.
The Artist’s Bio
Hubert G. Phipps (born November 1, 1957) is an American sculptor and painter who divides his time between Middleburg, Virginia, New York City, and Palm Beach. Phipps draws on his racing and aviation experiences to develop a distinctive style.
Known for his paint pigment drawings and abstract sculptures, Phipps experiments with various forms and materials, including steel, bronze, wood, composites, plaster, glass, and marble. He was also a race car driver and is a me
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