Why it's awesome: Athleticism in art has been a critical way to depict the body and make various forms of social and cultural commentary. The Sports/Athletics gene has everything from literal photographs of athletes, by artists like Andy Warhol and Amy Elkins, to abstract sculpture by Barry Flanagan and painting by Paul Vazquez.

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Above: Alexander Calder, Helen Wills, 1927 (View on Artsy)