The Greatest

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The Greatest

2,750.00

The Greatest (Muhammad Ali), 2015
acrylic paint and paper on paper
36”x48”
acrylic paint and paper on stretched canvas

Muhammad Ali is the greatest of all time! The Champ and I both come from Louisville, Ky. He is the most famous person from the area. I have always known of Ali's celebrity, but it wasn't until after he passed that I was made aware of some of the truly great things he accomplished. Seeing the entire city of Louisville come together for a giant celebration of Ali's life was a great display of his influence. 

I made this piece in 2015, when Ali was still with us. I was responding to the police killing of Michael Brown, the unrest in Ferguson, MO, and the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter Movement #BLM. The image depicts Ali with his hand up, not in a victorious way, but like he has a gun held to him by police. As if he could be saying "Hands up, Don't shoot", a mantra for many activists. I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of racial profiling/injustice and super-celebrity.

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