Monday, November 23, 2009

Warhol Athlete Polaroids

Leave it to the man who knew the power of "15 minutes" to remind us about the power of an instant. Many know about Warhol's soup cans and bananas, but few have seen his Polaroid series of famous athletes in the late 70's and early 80's. The collection includes such icons as Muhammad Ali, Dorothy Hamill, Chris Evert, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tom Seaver, Pele, Wayne Gretzky and Jack Nicklaus. Like so much of his other work, these small portraits find an almost magical way of bringing these larger-than-life figures back down to the viewers realm...if only for an instant.