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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 79187
Muhammad Ali, 1978

Screenprint, on Strathmore Bristol Paper
40 х 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Signed, and numbered '25/150' in felt pen lower right corner, recto. Stamped with copyright stamp on verso.
Print/Casting Year 1978
Edition 25/150
Foundry/Publisher Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc. New York City
Lot description
One of four color screen prints from Andy Warhol's portfolio of Muhammad Ali (F. & S. II.182). 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 screen print portfolio soon followed. This is the only full frontal portrait in the set of four. The legendary boxer is captured in a contemplative pose with his fist tucked under his chin on a yellow ground.

Andy Warhol (1927-1987) is the most widely recognized artist of the 1960s Pop Art movement, a genre that would change the American art market indefinitely. Warhol received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, and subsequently moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. It was not long before he was creating ground-breaking works, including paintings, prints, photographs, and films, that brought attention to American pop culture and the lifestyle of Hollywood celebrities. Warhol embraced market culture and helped to lead a change in the New York art scene that would in turn influence others to also look to consumer culture and goods for artistic inspiration. Today, he is regarded as one of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century, contributing not only thousands of works of art that are housed in museums and collections worldwide but also an iconic style that would impact the art market and artists alike for decades. His works have been exhibited in over two thousand exhibitions, including retrospectives at The Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (2008); Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France (1990); and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1989).

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol
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The third comparable auction record listed here represents the full portfolio of four works. Please note that this lot is comprised of a single print from the portfolio.

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