From Andy Warhol to David Hockney, 1984 Was a Pivotal Year for Olympic Art
The practice of art commissions to celebrate an upcoming Games started in earnest with Munich 1972, but Sarajevo 1984 and Los Angeles 1984 are particular Olympics that stood out for its connections with noted modern artists like Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Let's revisit the work.
Lazar Vujic commissioned a group of noted contemporary artists, including Warhol, Cyril Twombley, Hockney and more, to create works for an "Portfolio Art and Sport" exhibit at his Visconti Art Gallery ahead of the Winter Games. Official posters for the Games were produced.
L.A. '84 was certainly noted for its overall custom look, and organizers also commissioned their own portfolio of artists. 15 artists' works were re-purposed for posters as well.
Which pieces will become iconic reminders of the Games?