Lot Details

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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Catalogue Raisonné: II.182, Feldman & Schellmann
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Creases
Area: Image
Location: Upper right
Notes: A few small half moon creases in upper right, yellow background. Please see photos provided. Additional photos and information available upon request.
Degree: Minor
Remains of Hinges / Adhesive
Area: Verso, Other area
Location: Upper right, Upper left
Notes: Adhesive remaining on verso in three spots across the top. Please see photos provided. Additional photos and information available upon request.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • Private collection, New Jersey.
  • Pickup Location: New Jersey, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer, Check
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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.