The Art Of Boxing

August 23, 2017

Sports! Violence! Talking smack! As a prelude to the much anticipated Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the Babes discuss the Roman Colosseum, abstract expressionism via boxing gloves, the spectacle of violence, crowd mentality, and the artistry of MMA.

Artists discussed: George Bellows, Ushio Shinohara, Meryl Streep


Bergmann, Bettina, and Christine Kondoleon. The art of ancient spectacle. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1999.

Carter, M.J. “Gladiatorial Combat: The Rules of Engagement”. The Classical Journal, Vol. 102, No. 2, (January 2007), 97-114. 

Coleman, Kathleen. “‘The contagion of the throng’: absorbing violence in the Roman world.” European Review5, no. 4 (1997): 401-17.