Keith Rivers is currently a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. He joined the NFL in 2008, playing first for the Cincinnati Bengals and later the New York Giants. At the University of Southern California, Rivers earned All-America honors in 2007 and was drafted ninth overall by the Bengals the following year. As an art collector, Rivers has developed a passion for emerging abstract artists. His collection includes works by Lucien Smith, Joe Bradley, Zak Prekop, Tony Lewis, and Raymond Pettibon.
Estimate: 18,000 - 25,000 USD
Nick Darmstaedter is a talented young artist with an interesting practice. I had the pleasure of doing a studio visit a few years back in Brooklyn. I was blown away by the creative environment around him and The Still House group as a whole. As we all well know, photos rarely do justice to the visual intricacies of art in reality. This is definitely an instance where that concept applies. It is impossible for the camera to capture the precise details of the oxidized pennies on canvas. This painting possesses a magnetic quality to it. By that I mean that it causes you to gravitate back to it again and again. With each successive interaction, a new, profound detail emerges. I love looking at this body of work and picking up on the differences from one piece to the other.
The Past and the Future, 1980
Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 USD
Earlier in the summer I had the pleasure of seeing the Mike Kelley retrospective at MoCA. The show was just absolutely mind blowing. I ran around the museum like a kid in a toy store for the first time. I wish I had the opportunity to attend a show while he was living. His body of work arouses many emotions, all in the realm of amazement. This diptych on paper speaks to everyone - at some point, we have all had darkness we had to navigate through to get to the bright future.
18th and Highland, National City, 1966-67
Estimate: 180,000 - 250,000 USD
John Baldessari is one of my favorite painters. I had the pleasure of besieging him for a hand shake and telling him how big of a fan I am while Takashi Murakami was showing in Los Angeles. He towered over me and was very gracious. My experience greatly enhanced my love for his work and respect for him as a person. This piece appeals to me because it incorporates photography and "found" images - two things unique to his practice. It also evokes nostalgia for a simpler time. This is a signature piece that immediately screams Baldessari when you see it.