In 1977, Brazilian soccer star Pelé posed for Andy Warhol, who snapped a photo to use in the creation of one of his iconic screenprints. But Pelé didn’t need Warhol to immortalize him; he was already arguably the greatest player in the world’s most popular sport.
Jim Thorpe was arguably the greatest athlete of all time, yet the sports legend has mostly been in the news of late due to his remains, which were controversially buried in a town he never visited.
With the Hunger Games, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier and Halloween garment construction on my mind, all I could think about this weekend was athletic wear, so I thought I’d pull you into my crazy and share some references to athletic wear in art and visual culture.
In your quirky art news of the day: a Midtown Manhattan Subway restaurant has created a lifesize bust of football player and NFL draft pick Mark Ingram Jr. The twist? The 40-pound sculpture is made of chicken salad, veggies and other non-traditional art materials.
Sources close to Hyperallergic have learned, from sources close to artist Jeff Koons — and his 120 + assistants — that the artist of choice of the last gilded age has met with NBA player Lebron James this morning in a final pitch for the New York Knicks to land the basketball superstar. That’s right, it seems that even the art world has been consumed by Lebron-mania. [SPOOF]