Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali, 1978 (#179)’, 1978, Martin Lawrence Galleries

Muhammad Ali, printed in 1978, 4 piece suite including 2 obvious portraits and 2 that are more psychologically driven, ie: #181 “The Fist”. Ali’s fist has been focused on and reproduced over and over in the popular media and in memorabilia. The photographs for this suite were taken by Warhol himself. They were commissioned by art collector Richard Weisman in 1977 along with others in a series of sports figures (Chris Evert, Pele, Dorothy Hamill, Jack Nicklaus, and Kareem Abdul Jabaar).

Signature: Signed by the Artist

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

Publisher: Andy Warhol & Rupert Jasen Smith New York

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