Andy Warhol, Fist from Muhammad Ali Series, 1978
Signed Andy Warhol, Screenprint, Fist from Muhammad Ali Series, 1978
|Artist:||Warhol, Andy (1928 - 1987)|
|Title:||Fist from Muhammad Ali Series, 1978|
Original screenprint on Strathmore Bristol paper
|Image Size:||40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 50 x 40 in (127 x 101.6 cm)|
|Signed:||Hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in felt pen in lower right|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 150 in felt pen in the lower right (total edition 150, 10 AP, and 1 PP); Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York and published by Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc., New York.|
|Condition:||This screenprint is in excellent condition, with bright and vivid colors.|
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|ocusing on Muhammad Ali's most prized asset, Warhol depicts Muhammad Ali's
powerful fist, held up as if ready to strike. Placing his subject against a
vibrant blue background, Warhol highlights the fist by illuminating it in a
rich reddish brown hue reminiscent of the color of dried blood, as if implying
the damage that this dangerous weapon can bring to the arena. This work relays
a message of strength and dominance, as if Muhammad Ali's blow could strike
the viewer at any moment. Warhol cleverly recognizes that, although Muhammad
Ali's face is iconic in its own right, his fist is the true superstar.
Created in 1978, this piece is hand signed by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York City, 1987) in felt pen in the lower right. Numbered from the edition of 150 in felt pen in the lower right (total edition of 150, 10 AP, and 1 PP). This work was printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York and published by Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc., New York.
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|Style:||multiples, screen printing, paintings, drawings|
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Biography of Andy Warhol
The American artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928. There has for years been quite a bit of confusion to where and when Andy Warhol was born, but according to Andy's two older brothers and the birth certificate that was filed in Pittsburgh in 1945, he was born on August 6th in Pittsburgh. Whether or not this is the day he was born hasn't been proved, but it was on this date he would celebrate his birthday. However, there is no doubt that he died at 6:31 A.M. on Sunday, February 22nd, 1987, at the New York Hospital after a gallbladder operation. He is considered a founder and major figure of the POP ART movement. A graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, he moved to New York City and gained success as a commercial artist. He got his first break in August 1949, when Glamour Magazine wanted him to illustrate a feature entitled "Success is a Job in New York". But by accident the credit read "Drawings by Andy Warhol" and that's how Andy dropped the "a" in his last name. He continued doing ads and illustrations and by 1955 he was the most successful and imitated commercial artist in New York. In 1960 he produced the first of his paintings depicting enlarged comic strip images - such as Popeye and Superman - initially for use in a window display.
Warhol pioneered the development of the process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen that is then placed on a canvas and inked from the back. Each Warhol silkscreen used this technique that enabled him to produce the series of mass-media images - repetitive, yet with slight variations - that he began in 1962. These iconic Andy Warhol prints, incorporating such items as Campbell's Soup cans, dollar bills, Coca-Cola bottles, and the faces of celebrities, can be taken as comments on the banality, harshness, and ambiguity of American culture.
Later in the 1960s, Warhol made a series of experimental films dealing with such ideas as time, boredom, and repetition; they include Sleep (1963), Empire (1964), and The Chelsea Girls (1966). In 1965 he started working with a rockband called "The Velvet Underground" formed by Lou Reed and John Cale. Andy introduced them to the model and moviestar Nico and she sang on their debut album from 1967 "The Velvet Underground and Nico". Andy would travel around the country, not only with The Velvets, but also with superstar of the year Edie Sedgwick and the lightshow "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable".
On June 3rd, 1968, Valerie Solanis, a rejected superstar, came into The Factory and shot Andy three times in the chest. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, but after having his chest cut up and been given heart massage, he survived. Valerie Solanis turned herself in that night and was put in a mental institution. She was later given a three year prison sentence. After recovering Andy Warhol continued to work. He founded inter/VIEW magazine in 1969 (they changed the name to Interview in 1971), published The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again in 1975 and continued to paint portraits until his death in 1987.
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