Mary Kargl Lecture Series: Athlete as Image: Andy Warhol’s The Athlete Series (1977) by Isabelle Wallace, Associate Professor of Art, University of Georgia

Sunday, March 23, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Price: Free with Museum admission. Reception to follow.

Andy Warhol
American, 1928-1987
Dorothy Hamill, 1978
Synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas, h. 40 in. (101.6 cm), w. 40 in. (101.6 cm)
Collection of Richard Weisman
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol’s Athlete Series raises a number of questions about art, athleticism, and celebrity and establishes complex relationships between these seemingly disparate concepts.  At the same time, Warhol’s silkscreens of Muhammad Ali, Dorothy Hamill and others, function as portraits and work to represent these athletes as individuals in conjunction with the broader social categories through which they are seen (male, female, black, white etc). Comparing these portraits to other well-known portraits and images of athletes, this talk considers the place of The Athlete Series within Warhol’s oeuvre and the history of American art.

This program is supported by the Mary Kargl Lecture Series Endowment. 

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