Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali 180 by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali 180 by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali 180 by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali 180 by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali 180 by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery

Title: Muhammad Ali 180
Medium: Strathmore Bristol wove paper.
Year: 1978
Size: 40″ x 32″
Edition: Edition of 150. Portfolio of four.

Andy Warhol created Muhammad Ali 180 in 1978 for his portfolio of 4 screenprints featuring the famous boxer. While Warhol himself was not a fan of sports, he was fascinated with celebrity and idolization of famous athletes like Ali. The image is based on poloroid photos Warhol captured of the boxer, highlighting Ali’s poise, concentration, and physicality, all of which contributed to his international celebrity. This image sets Ali against a deep blue background, focusing on the boxer looking down and highlighting his intense focus during a fight. Andy Warhol’s portrait of Muhammad Ali is exemplary of the pop art king’s take on portraiture and obsession with fame and celebrity.

Signature: Signed and numbered by Andy Warhol

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

2016
New York,
Art Basel Miami Beach
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
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