New York

Malcolm Morley

Sperone Westwater

“Jock art,” or art that incorporates sports imagery, is a much-maligned genre—right up there with paintings of wild animals and portraits of Elvis on velvet—but that only makes it ripe for recuperation. Many great moments in American art have taken us into the heat of competition; generally speaking, however, art that references the world of sports finds its niche at the dead center of mainstream culture, churned out by schlock mills, marketed in “starving artist” sales at airport motels, or, worse yet, sold in “theme art” galleries that specialize in ripping off their clientele with dubious merchandise and hard sell about “investment potential.” While young artists (many of them still in graduate school) have recently shown a renewed interest in such “discredited” cultural byproducts as muscle cars and motorbikes, there’s one old-timer who could still teach those pups some new tricks.

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