Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali  II 182’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali  II 182’, 1978, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Muhammad Ali  II 182’, 1978, Revolver Gallery

Title: Muhammad Ali FS II182
Medium: Strathmore Bristol wove paper.
Year: 1978
Size: 40″ x 30″
Edition: Edition of 150. Portfolio of four.

MUHAMMAD ALI FS II182

Muhammad Ali FS II182 is part of Warhol’s Muhammad Ali series he created made up of 4 different screenprints. In 1978, Warhol photographed Muhammed Ali for his Athletes series. Richard Weisman (who was both an art collector and a sports enthusiast) started 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. Ali proved to be a difficult subject, but Warhol managed to snap a few photos of him during a marathon session.

MUHAMMAD ALI FS II182 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

Warhol met Ali in 1977 while working on a photographic series based on celebrity ‘Athletes’. The project was initiated by the sports enthusiast and art collector Richard Weisman. The color screenprint portfolio soon followed. In this print, the legendary boxer is depicted in profile on a vibrant pink background. His furrowed brow and strong, focused gaze evoke an almost regal sense of power.

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