Andy Warhol, “Speed-Skater”, 1983, screen print, 86 x 62 cm
In 1988, Eva Pape, an American collector from Poland, donated more than seventy works from her collection to Galeria Studio, including canvases by Wojciech Fangor, works by Ken Friedman associated with the Fluxus movement, Appeal by Les Levin, and a screen print by Larry Rivers titled Diana IV (Polish Vocabulary). The collection also includes three prints by Andy Warhol, including the screen print Speed-Skater from 1983.
This work was created in connection with the 1984 Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Originally from that city, gallerist Lazo Vujić initiated an art project and asked sixteen artists, including Michelangelo Pistoletto, James Rosenquist, Henry Moore, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, to produce graphic works to honor the event.
Fascinated by silhouettes of athletes, Andy Warhol took the silhouette of an ice skater representing the discipline of speed skating. A depth of space was achieved through overlapping successive layers of color, and the contour of the figure of the skater, intersected by the color patches, evokes the impression of dynamism and speed. Speed Skater became one of the official images of the Olympic Games and was placed in spaces in Sarajevo and other cities within Yugoslavia.