The Art of an Athlete: Art of Black feature
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Meet Max "Hops" Pearce. You'll remember his name as you learn and experiencew his story, his art and his journey. This multi-talented young man transformed himself from a troubled coll;ege basketball star with criminal charges over his head, to a cvommanding presence on the famed Harlem Globetrotter team and now celebrated artists. Plan accordingly and you will be able to see his works during ART of Black Miami.
Harlem Globetrotter Guard Maxwell “Hops” Pearce will show his inaugural exhibition, The Art of an Athlete, during Art Basel/Miami Art Week 2022 from Friday, December 2nd to Sunday December 4th at N’Namdi Contemporary Fine Art. The collection is available for public viewing on December 2nd, from 6 -10 p.m. and at 12 noon until 10pm on December 3rd and 4th.
This exhibition is a unique opportunity that provides an insight into the interpretation of how art can be a tool for education, inspiration and even transformation. Pearce is uising his art to also address the issues of race relations, struggles and overcoming setbacks and obstacles is at the heart of the art Pearce creates. He has a unique POV as a talented athelete that has had to overcome his own recklessness to refine his talent and craft and grow into a responsible, thoughtful and enlighterned individual with something to share with the world.
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Propelled by a deeply inappropriate and racist live interview with Alabama television anchors in 2020, Maxwell Pearce channelled the ensuing tide of backlash and hate filled messages into an artistic celebration of Black athletes’ abilities to shape their own narrative beyond their careers in sports. Pearce made national news when he took a public stance on the racially insensitive incident by posting a social justice focused video on social media, which was widely viewed and covered by major media.
When the pandemic happened, Pearce, like the rest of the world, was forced to quarantine at home. During that challenging time, he channeled his frustration into The Art of An Athlete, a vibrant fine art, mixed media and athletic material collection that highlights sports figures who have used their platforms to fight for social justice throughout history by examining the different forms of protest from one generation to the next.
Increasingly popular art pieces such as “42,” “Sports and Politics Don’t Mix,” and “Wilma” pay homage to legendary Black athletes and civil rights activists such as Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Honoree Jackie Robinson, Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali, former National Football League Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and three-time track and field Olympic Gold Medalist Wilma Rudolph.
“The Art of an Athlete” exhibition also honors powerful Black women athletes through pieces such as “Naomi” and “I See Me,” which are inspired by top-ranking professional tennis players Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.
12/2 - 6p.m. -10p.m. - Opening Night 12/3 & 12/4 - 12p.m. - Public Viewing 12/3 - 4 p.m. - Panel Discussion