NOT SOLD (BIDDING OVER)
0.00USD+ premiums, taxes, fees & shipping
WAS NOT SOLD, auction date was 2012 May 04 @ 18:00UTC-5 : EST/CDT
As the world knows by now, McGwire eventually won the race and the coveted title with 70 home runs, while Sosa punished opposing pitchers with a "meager" 66 round-trippers. But this contest was much more than two men swinging for the fences. It was a national event. It wooed the indifferent as well as the world's sports fanatics. It captivated water-cooler conversations in the busy world of business. In America, where the stench of controversial high-powered politics had become the rule of the day, the McGwire-Sosa duel was like a breeze of cool fresh air. And while the Americans' emotions suffered their usual vacillations because of a rocky Wall Street or a terrorist's bombing abroad, they soared at the news of the latest assault on the home run record. In essence, pure unadulterated class ruled. No jerks here. There was none of the unprofessional, egotistical conduct we have learned to expect from the big names. McGwire and Sosa were two gentlemen with lofty goals hemmed in by unbelievable pressure. But where others have succumbed, they succeeded. They made the pressure cooker home run derby look like Little League in Taiwan as home run records fell daily like dominoes.Artist: Rick Rush * Title: "National Hero" * Medium: Lithograph printEdition: numbered in pencil, 953/1000Image Size: 11 3/4" x 18 3/4" * Overall Size: 16" x 20"Signature: in black sharpie, lower leftCertificate of Authenticity: Included * Condition: ExcellentBiography * Sports artist Rick Rush has accepted the challenge to fill the void in American art. His finger on America's pulse, Rick Sees what sports represent. At its best, sport art counteracts our knowledge of life's brevity and savors the intensity of a moment in motion. The essence of sports is a fleeting moment of intense exuberance - life at its exhilarating. His subjects and artistic style allow the viewer to experience the drama of his exhilarating brevity. Rick's sports arts represents twenty years and various periods of painting and print making, in which concept and technique balance to visually capture the essence of sports motion and the moment of exhilarating perfection. * Influenced by the 20th century philosopher Francis Schaeffer, Rick refined his notions of the inherent value and significance of man and his activities - i.e., sports. As man is valuable, so is what man does, and sports - perhaps more than other activities - remind us of life's best moments and its brevity in the same instance.