Andy Warhol
Muhammad Ali date not known

Artwork details

Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Muhammad Ali
Date Date not known
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
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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