Warhol: The Athletes

at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Warhol: The Athletes is a series of ten portraits of famous athletes commissioned by Andy Warhol’s friend and collector Richard Weisman. Check out portraits in Warhol's unique style of such famous athletes as NBA all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, golfing great Jack Nicklaus, figure-skating Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill, boxing icon Muhammad Ali, and the infamous O. J. Simpson, among others.

To create the series, Warhol started by creating Polaroids that he shot in his Manhattan studio or in the athletes’ homes. Then, using his signature screen-printing technique, he printed the photos on canvas and embellished each of the 40-by-40-inch portraits with acrylic paint.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art members can enjoy a special preview of the exhibit on April 16. See below for a complete schedule.

Warhol: The Athletes Members’ Preview
Talk by collector Richard Weisman
Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m.
Free for Members | $5 for Non-Members (Includes access to Art After 5)
Refreshments | Cash Bar | Live Music on the Roof Terrace
5 p.m. | Exhibition and bar opens
6 p.m. | A Talk with Warhol Collector Richard L. Weisman
7:30 p.m. | Andy Warhol Screen Tests* featuring Bob Dylan, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper and Salvador Dali
9 p.m. | Galleries Close
11 p.m. | Roof Terrace Closes

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