Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali, Complete Portfolio by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali, Complete Portfolio by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali, Complete Portfolio by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali, Complete Portfolio by Andy Warhol’, 1978, Revolver Gallery

Title: Muhammad Ali, Complete Portfolio II 179-182
Medium: Strathmore Bristol wove paper.
Year: 1978
Size: 40″ x 30″
Edition: Edition of 150, signed and numbered lower right. Portfolio of four.

Andy Warhol created Muhammad Ali portfolio of 4 screenprints featuring the famous boxer in 1978. While Warhol himself was not a fan of sports, he was fascinated with celebrity and idolization of famous athletes like Ali. The images are based on Polaroid photos Warhol captured of the boxer, highlighting Ali’s poise, concentration, and physicality, all of which contributed to his international celebrity. True to his pop art style, Andy chose vibrant solid colored backgrounds and used his signature color blocking technique. Each screenprint focuses on a different aspect of Muhammad Ali, each of which contributed to his fame. Andy Warhol’s Muhammad Ali portfolio is exemplary of the pop art king’s take on portraiture and his obsession with fame and celebrity.

Signature: Signed and numbered by Andy Warhol lower right

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Andy Warhol: Lips, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City
2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Andy Warhol: Lips, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City
2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2014
2014
2011
Made in Italy, Gagosian, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Art Basel Miami Beach, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC, New York
2016
Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
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