8 gold medal artworks to cheer the Olympics

To mark the opening of the Olympics, we walk through some of the most important artworks celebrating sport.
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From Paul Pfeiffer’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse series (2000-2002); Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Olympic fever is about to descend upon us globally, capturing our visual attention through a celebration of perfection and precision.

But art was playing with the visual magnetism of sport long before we became glued to our television sets and in the cultural world the Olympics are also a time to celebrate the art of sport.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina