Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali, Complete Portfolio (FS II.179-182) ’, 1978, Revolver Gallery

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

Series: Muhammad Ali, 1978

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States