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The Art of an Athlete Collection by Max Pearce Inspired by Social Protest in Sports During Miami Art

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

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, 2022 to Sunday December 4th, 2022, inside N’Namdi Contemporary Fine Art, located at 6505 NE 2nd Ave., in Miami, Florida. 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.

Propelled by a deeply inappropriate and racist live interview with Alabama television anchors in 2020, Maxwell Pearce channeled 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.

"My work explores the multitudes of ideas within Black athleticism and celebrates athletes’ individual ability to do more than dribble, shoot, and score. It honors the literal ties that connect athletes across generations and binds them to public, collective memory”, commented artist Max Pearce, Creator, Art of an Athlete.


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.

“More Than an Athlete” is one of the collection’s most remarkable pieces of artwork as it highlights the grievous history of racial injustices widely committed against Black Americans, including Pearce. This piece includes fluorescent-lit references to former United States President Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, Black voting rights, and victims of police brutality.

In addition to a public viewing of the art collection, the exhibition will also include a panel discussion, sponsored by DirecTV, featuring an array of superstar athletes.

About Maxwell “Hops” Pearce

Maxwell “Hops” Pearce is a professional athlete and an entrepreneur and civil rights activist. He is a 2018 ESP College Slam Drunk Championship semifinalist and an ESPYS Award 2020 ‘Can’t Stop Watching Moment of the Year’ honorable mention nominee. Pearce is also a first NCAA Division III Basketball player who is set to be featured in the NBA2K and NBA Live video games. Pearce’s “The Art of an Athlete” collection in inspired by both Black excellence and the age-long cruelty committed against the Black community in America.

By ML Staff. Images Courtesy of The Art of An Athlete


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