Muhammad Ali: Drawn, Painted and Photographed

Publisher: 
New York Times
Date: 
December 22, 2016
Muhammad Ali’s death in June was a reminder of what a brilliant muse he was, especially to photographers. He told us he was pretty, and he was right. But he was more than that. As images from his half-century of renown revealed anew, he had created an astonishing canvas simply by smiling, or by flicking a jab, preaching at a mosque, hitting the speed bag, glistening with sweat, rejecting entry into the military, goofing with the Beatles, screaming in mock-lunacy at Sonny Liston, taunting Joe Frazier and rope-a-doping with George Foreman. He rarely seemed to be offstage — or to take a bad picture. Ali’s attractiveness as an artistic subject is being explored in a pair of animated exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society: the Ali photographs by George Kalinsky, the official photographer of Madison Square Garden, and the watercolors and sketches of Ali by the idiosyncratic artist LeRoy Neiman. Read more…
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