Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)

Lot 378: Numbered and signed, Warhol's iconic screen print of Ali

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

December 13, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: WARHOL, Andy (American 1928 - 1987). Muhammad Ali, 1978. Screen print in colours on Strathmore Bristol paper, numbered '113/150' and signed 'Andy Warhol' (lower left), with the publisher's stamp '© Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc. 1978' (on the reverse). Minor wear (mainly to the edges) and light, unobtrusive discolouration.
Dimensions: 101.6 x 76.2 cm.
Artist or Maker: WARHOL, Andy (American 1928 - 1987).
Literature: Feldman & Schellmann II.179
Provenance: Private collection; Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam
An iconic portrait of Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol from his 'Athletes' series commissioned by the art collector Richard Weisman. Though not sharing Weisman's fascination for sports, Warhol succeeded in creating remarkable portraits of contemporary sports celebrities. Transforming the initial Polaroid shot of the boxer in this screen print, the artist dissected Ali's supernatural strength and firmness with line and colour.
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