Muhammad Ali (F. & S. II.181)

Muhammad Ali (F. & S. II.181)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1978
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 102cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

This particular print of Muhammed Ali comes from a larger series of images of Ali, entitled Muhammad Ali. Warhol first began to represent athletes with this series in the 1970s when Richard Weisman commissioned a sports series. The four images of Ali were accompanied by images of Pelé, Jack Nicklaus, and others. Although Warhol himself was not a sports fan, these images remain in line with his overarching obsession with celebrity and fame. This image of Ali’s fist particularly evokes this idea as it does not show the boxer's face but remains instantly recognizable as him.