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Athletes by Andy Warhol
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Athletes by Andy Warhol 1978

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Warhol photographed the famous boxer, Muhammad Ali, in 1977 as part of his 'Athletes' series. The project was initiated by the art collector and sports enthusiast Richard Weisman. At first Warhol was unfamiliar with the sports stars but characteristic of his obsession with fame he recalled: “I really got to love the athletes because they are the really big stars”. Warhol captured a powerful shot with the boxer’s fists poised, ready to punch. In the screenprint used here Warhol, prior to printing the image, worked into the surface with paint creating the impression of movement. Ali’s fixated stare mimics the concentration he required during a fight. This poster is for an exhibition of the series at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, 1978.


  • Acc. No. AR00389
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 75.40 x 50.20 cm (framed: 82.20 x 57.00 x 3.80 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