Title: Muhammad Ali (FS II.179)
Medium: Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol Paper.
Size: 40″ x 30″
Edition: Edition of 150, 10 AP, 1 PP, signed and numbered in felt pen. Portfolio of 4.
Muhammad Ali 179
Warhol’s Muhammad Ali 179 print exemplifies the boxer’s supreme attentiveness during a fight. Ali proved to be a difficult subject, but Warhol managed to snap a few photos of him during a marathon session.
Muhammad Ali 179 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Andy Warhol was known for his fascination with glamour and celebrity. Warhol created the Athletes series in the late 1970s, a project originally started by Richard Weisman, an art collector and avid sports admirer. The subjects for the series were chosen by Weisman. Other subjects in the Athletes series include Pelé, OJ Simpson, and Jack Nicklaus, amongst others. As a part of the process Warhol had in creating portraits, Warhol took Polaroid photographs of the athletes as a way to inform the final works. Although Warhol was never that interested in sports, he was drawn to the fame and idolization that surrounded celebrity athletes. Ali was not especially keen on Warhol, and he proved to be a difficult subject for the artist to work with. Warhol prevailed, creating a series of screenprints focused on Ali, with this particular image exemplifying the boxers supreme attentiveness during a fight.