Muhammad Ali - Heavyweight Ideals

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2023. Edition of 500

18” x 24” (46 x 61cm)

Screen-print on Speckletone cream paper

Signed by Shepard Fairey and numbered in pencil

"Based on the mural I just painted in Louisville. Muhammad Ali was an incredible athlete who was dazzling in the ring, a glorious showman athletically and verbally, and resilient in the face of defeat, earning the heavyweight title 3 times.
However, in this art, based on an incredible photo by Howard Bingham provided by his son Dustin, I wanted to emphasize Ali’s role as an outspoken citizen and activist. Ali was a civil rights activist, a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, a philanthropist, and a U.N. Messenger of Peace. I admire that Ali stood up for what he believed even when he potentially faced jail and the end of his boxing career.
The Chestnut St. YMCA where we painted the Ali mural is blocks from Ali’s childhood school and a place he frequented in his youth. I’m very grateful to the YMCA for providing an incredible wall with an authentic connection to Ali’s life. A project of this magnitude can’t come to fruition without a lot of people collaborating generously." - Shepard Fairey