LeRoy Neiman and Andy Warhol (About 1977 / 1978)
About this artwork
This poster is for a joint exhibition of work by Warhol and LeRoy Neiman at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Neiman is an American artist well known for his paintings of athletes and sporting events. In 1977 Warhol was commissioned to create portraits of various sports stars by the art collector and sports enthusiast Richard Weisman, for a series titled ‘Athletes’. Among the stars were the footballer Pelé, the golfer Jack Nicklaus and the boxer Muhammad Ali. While photographing Ali at his training camp, Warhol recalled: “there was a nine-foot-tall portrait by LeRoy Neiman on the wall next to him. I hoped mine would come out as good”.
- title: LeRoy Neiman and Andy Warhol
- accession number: AR00403
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: About 1977 / 1978
- measurements: 49.50 x 68.60 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.