Muhammad Ali
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Muhammad Ali about 1977 / 1978
  • Artist Rooms
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 mimicing the concentration required during a fight.

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Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00393
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 88.60 x 53.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008