After Andy Warhol, ‘MUHAMMAD ALI FS II.181’, 1978, Grove Fine Art

Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York.
Muhammad Ali 181 by Andy Warhol is an iconic screenprint which was created as part of his Athletes series from the 1970s. In 1978, Warhol photographed Muhammad Ali for his aforementioned series. Richard Weisman, who was both an art collector and a sports enthusiast, initiated the project, which included athletes like soccer player, Pelé, and golfer, Jack Nicklaus. Even though Warhol wasn’t a fan of sports himself, he did see an interest in the realm of an athlete’s celebrity and fame. He recalled: “I really got to love the athletes because they are the really big stars.” Ali proved to be a difficult subject, but Warhol managed to snap a few photos of him during a marathon session. Ali’s fist not only symbolizes his strength as an athlete, but more implicitly symbolizes his identity and his life force.

Signature: Hand signed and numbered.

Publisher: Published by Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc., New York.

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