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Muhammad Ali: Looking Down – Andy Warhol

Muhammad Ali: Looking Down, II.180, 1978

Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol paper

40 x 30 in | 101 x 76 cm

Edition of 150

Signed by Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali

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Description

Andy Warhol, a central figure in the Pop Art movement, transformed the art world with his exploration of the relationships among art, celebrity culture, and advertisement. His work, emerging prominently in the 1960s, is renowned for its innovative use of commercial processes like silk screening to mass-produce images drawn from popular culture. Warhol’s oeuvre includes iconic depictions of everyday objects—such as Campbell’s Soup Cans—and portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor.

By replicating commercial goods and famous faces, Warhol blurred the lines between ‘high’ art and ‘low’ commercial art, challenging preconceived notions of artistic value and authorship. His art reflected a fascination with the superficial glamour of celebrity and the commodification of culture, encapsulating the spirit of his time while critiquing its obsession with consumerism and fame.

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