January 15, 2017

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Rafael Esquer

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Two Sides of Muhammad Ali at New York Historical Society

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  LeRoy Neiman, “Round 11, Ali-Frazier at Madison Square Garden,” March 8, 1971. Courtesy LeRoy Neiman Foundation. Mohammed Ali is one of the most iconic figures of modern history. His inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure touched many worlds including sports, pop culture, and civil rights among others. The New York …

 

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LeRoy Neiman, “Round 11, Ali-Frazier at Madison Square Garden,” March 8, 1971. Courtesy LeRoy Neiman Foundation.

Mohammed Ali is one of the most iconic figures of modern history. His inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure touched many worlds including sports, pop culture, and civil rights among others. The New York Historical Society presents a double exhibition which attempts to capture more than one side of Ali.

“Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing” captures “The Greatest” through pencil strokes and paint brushes. Renown sports artist LeRoy Neiman presents Ali both in and outside the ring with vivid watercolors and intimate, on-the-spot sketches. While “I am King of the World”: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky presents Ali through the lens of his camera “Through 45 intimate works, this inspiring photo exhibition reveals flashes of the Champ’s life out of the ring, sharing moments with fans and the press, as well as in his element, boxing in the explosive matches that helped make him “The Greatest.””

The exhibitions run through March 26, 2017.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024

Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday – 10am-6pm
Friday – 10am-8pm
Sunday – 11am-5pm
Monday – CLOSED

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George Kalinsky, “Muhammad Ali working out at Madison Square Garden, 1967.” Chromogenic print from original scanned film. Courtesy George Kalinsky. Ali as he prepared for his fight with Zora Folley. This photograph reveals a growing bond between the boxer and the photographer.
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George Kalinsky, “Muhammad Ali working out at the 5th St. Gym in Miami, 1965.” Chromogenic print from original scanned film Courtesy George Kalinsky. This photograph was from the first roll of film that George Kalinsky shot of Ali.
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George Kalinsky, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, 1971. Chromogenic print from original scanned film. Courtesy George Kalinsky. The first of the famous “head to head” shots of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali or any boxers. They were preparing for their epic match-up in 1971, the Fight of the Century, at Madison Square Garden.
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George Kalinsky, “Sportscaster Howard Cosell interviewing Ali in Miami, 1965.” Chromogenic print from original scanned film. Courtesy George Kalinsky.
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LeRoy Neiman, “Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston,” 1965. Courtesy LeRoy Neiman Foundation.
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Boxing gloves. Courtesy LeRoy Neiman Foundation.
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LeRoy Neiman, “Muhammad Ali,” March 1971. Courtesy LeRoy Neiman Foundation.

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