Warhol at the Bat

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In honor of Opening Day, the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibits the three known works of Andy Warhol relating to baseball. The pop art master portrayed three baseball legends that rose to a level of celebrity during his lifetime, and CAM is showcasing them in the same place all at once for the first time on record.

Andy Warhol (American, b.1928, d.1987); Pete Rose, 1985; Painting, acrylic on canvas with silk screen image; 4 panels, each 54 x 44 in. (137.2 x 111.8 cm); Museum Purchase: Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Wichgar; 1985.208a-d
Andy Warhol (American, b.1928, d.1987); Pete Rose, 1985; Painting, acrylic on canvas with silk screen image; 4 panels, each 54 x 44 in. (137.2 x 111.8 cm); Museum Purchase: Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Wichgar; 1985.208a-d

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Included in the exhibit is the Museum’s 1985 painting of Reds player-manager Pete Rose, a piece Warhol was commissioned to create as Rose was drawing closer to breaking Ty Cobb’s hit record. Also featured are Baseball, a 1962 portrayal of Roger Maris on loan from the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and Tom Seaver,  a 1977 portrait of the pitcher who tossed his only no-hitter while playing for Cincinnati, on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum.

The exhibit will also feature some historic commercial graphics and baseball cards that played an inspirational role in the composition.

Open now through August 2.

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