Alessandro Calza, PC lover.
Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol
There is a small gem of a show at Danziger Projects right now, featuring a little-known trove of Polaroids by Andy Warhol of famous athletes. They were commissioned by one collector in the late 1970s and early ’80s. The simplicity of Warhol’s method — straightforward portraits shot with the Big Shot camera — gives the tiny images (4 1/4″ x 3 3/8″) a purity and sincerity that belies the radiance and aura of greatness coming from the sitters. Even today, there is something tingle-inducing about seeing Muhammad Ali, Dorothy Hamill, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Evert, Pelé, Tom Seaver and Wayne Gretzky captured at the height of their youthfulness and fame. These portraits, made by the ultimate connoisseur of fame himself, have aged beautifully. The show is up through Dec. 12 at 534 West 24th Street.
David Hilliard - Rising, 1998, Color coupler tetraptych, Diasec and flush-mounted. Each 15 x 18 5/8 in. (38.1 x 47.3 cm). Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 7/10 on a gallery label accompanying the work. Offered as part of the photography sale of classic and contemporary photographers at Phillips de Pury & Company, 14 November 2009, 10am & 1pm, 450 West 15 Street New York, NY