Andy Warhol

Muhammad Ali

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
886 x 538
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00393

Not on display

Online caption

Warhol photographed the boxer, Muhammad Ali, in 1977 as part of his 'Athletes' series. The project was initiated by the art collector and sports enthusiast, Richard Weisman, and featured a variety of sports stars. While photographing Ali at his training camp, Warhol recalled: “there was a nine-foot-tall portrait by LeRoy Neiman on the wall next to him. I hoped mine would come out as good”. Neiman is an American artist well known for his paintings of athletes and sporting events. This poster is for a joint exhibition with Warhol at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In Warhol’s screenprint of Ali, prior to printing the image he worked into the surface with paint, creating the impression of movement. Warhol captures Ali’s fixed stare mimicking the concentration required during a fight.

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