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Olympic Column

Burton Morris2001

The Olympic Museum

The Olympic Museum
Lausanne, Switzerland

Post-Pop representation of an Olympic column with the Olympic rings and six stars strung across the top.

The pillar represents the eight columns displayed on the esplanade at the entrance to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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  • Title: Olympic Column
  • Date Created: 2001
  • Physical Dimensions: w920 x h1225 cm (Complete)
  • Painter: Burton Morris
  • Description: Monogram "B>M" lower right. Signed and dated on the back.
  • Collection information: In 2001, the IOC President at the time, Juan Antonio Samaranch, asked Burton Morris to paint his own vision of an Olympic column.
  • Artistic school or movement: Burton Morris felt an early attraction to Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky’s paintings when he saw his exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1977. Morris earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986, and then he began developing his post-Pop drawings. Morris’s forbears were icons Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wasselmann and Red Grooms. He also employed some of the shorthand gestures of the comic strips and magazines he had loved since childhood. The artist established the Burton Morris Studios in 1990. That year he began making his small post-Pop icons more impressive by enlarging them. He also began reaching out to mass audiences, and fans of the sitcom Friends have seen Morris’ work on its set for over 10 seasons. Morris expanded his artistic range with new conceptions. He coordinated his images with three-dimensional objects made of painted wood that enhance the central image. He also created multi-panel paintings, often using American icons such as the Statue of Liberty. He was most noted for producing the iconography for the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. The same year, the artist also produced art for the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland .The International Olympic Committee selected the artist to produce 36 triumphal paintings on the spirit of the Olympic Games in 2004.
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: International Olympic Committee, 2004, ©IOC/G.Peter
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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