Saturday, April 13, 2019

After an N.F.L. Career, Keith Rivers Enters the Collector's Field

Show Us Your Walls
By Hilarie M. Sheets
Keith Rivers in his Beverly Hills home with, from left, “Untitled” (2017), by Arjan Martins; “Untitled (You drive a hard bargain)" (2011), by Barbara Kruger; and “Raised Eyebrows and Furrowed Foreheads” (2008), by John Baldessari.CreditCredit
“Art gave me something to segue into,” said Keith Rivers, a former N.F.L. linebacker, at his art-filled house in Beverly Hills. “During his rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009, Mr. Rivers bought his first piece — an Andy Warhol Electric Chair print — after a trip to the Museum of Modern Art with a woman he had been interested in when he was studying at the University of Southern California. Since he retired from football in 2015, after also having played for the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills, Mr. Rivers has deepened his pursuit of contemporary art and owns work by Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Arjan Martins, among others.[More]
From left, “Sen Título, de Série Pendentes” (2017), by Sonia Gomes, and “The Cheeky” (2016), by Ugo Rondinone, from Mr. Rivers’s collection.
Glenn Ligon’s “Especially If It’s a Girl #1” (2004).
Aon Rafman’s “17 Skweyiya Street, East London, South Africa” (2010).