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Warhol's Polaroids of Famous Athletes


While skimming the art section of the New York Times, I found this great review of an exhibit called Jock Art. It is a collection of polaroids by Andy Warhol of famous athletes at the Danziger Projects gallery.

The polaroids were commissioned from one collector during the late 1970s and early ’80s. The simplicity of Warhol's method isn't only captivating but the straightforwardness of each portrait is ultimately revealing.

According to the review, "the tiny images have a purity and sincerity that belies the radiance and aura of greatness coming from the sitters."

The collection includes tennis greats, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, and the late Vitas Gerulaitis.

There is something eerily beautiful in these portraits taken at the height of the youthfulness and fame of these athletes.

The collection also includes Muhammed Ali, Dorothy Hamil, Pele, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretsky, and O.J. Simpson.

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