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This past Wedneday evening, the Audi Forum in New York City hosted a gala party attended by celebrities and the weary automotive press in town to cover the New York Auto Show. The beautiful people on hand included Tom Brady (celebrity status: A), Tyson Beckford (celebrity status: B), Will Arnett (celebrity status: A-), Denise Rich (celebrity status: ?) and members of the Gossip Girl cast (according to my fiance, celebrity status: better than Tom Brady). Though Autoblog was not in attendance (thus reducing the list of A list celebrities), Audi was kind enough to send us pics of the special A5 it revealed that night (and Tom Brady sitting in the R8 TDI Le Mans concept from the Geneva Motor Show). Custom-painted by New York artist Hunt Slomen, the coupe features a swath of art that flows from the car's hood and down across the driver-side door. The artwork is abstract, but we can make out white birds, which our single semester of Art History 101 tells us represents doves, which in turn represents peace. Or it could represent the jobless rate of carrier pigeons in this age of digital e-mail. The custom-painted A5 will be donated to Denise Rich's G&P Foundation for Cancer Research and auctioned after it tours the country for a bit.

[Source: Audi, Photos by wiredimages]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Obviously, Audi could not find a more talented contemporary artist. It is ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow... that front is SO long. Too bad Audi's A5 is still based on a FWD platform. Would of looked so much better with short RWD overhangs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry dac, but the art does trash this car. It doesn't go with the color of the car, it doesn't flow with the car's lines, it doesn't add anything to the car. It's a wrapped around doctor's office wallpaper border. Sorry, but as fellow artist, and Audi owner, this is pretty awful to see.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this Audi directed by John Woo?
      • 7 Years Ago
      that bright orange headlight indicator is so ugly. fortunately, that only applies to US cars (a fed law) - european cars can have them clear.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does everyone on this site hate on every single modified car, fail none? There is always at least one "how dare they trash such a beautiful car" and numerous posts bemoaning the modifier's complete lack of talent. The purpose of modifying a car's appearance is to look unique and to stand out from the crowd, not to appear stock!

      I challenge you to what sort of artwork you could create with a spray can. I guarantee nothing even close to this.

      Have a little respect for people with different tastes than you?

      All that being said, I think the shape of the "flow" is a little off and I wish some of the photos actually showed the detail work.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why trash such a handsome car? Someone needs a serious spanking!