Miami Heat Power Forward, Amar’e Stoudemire recently spoke out at Surface Magazine’s Design Dialogues Summit and panel discussions, as part of Art Basel, at the W Hotel in Miami, about his progressive art collection. Stoudemire who was traded to Miami this past July says that his goal is to become “ a legit and serious [art] collector”.
“It’s for my children — when they get older they can look back and say my father had this art in 2015.” The Heat baller works with an art collection management and appraisal team to help him select pieces.
Flexing some modern art chops, Stoudemire name-dropped LA street artist Retna, as an artist he is currently interested in.
Retna, know for his intricate graffiti calligraphy and hieroglyphs style, garnered New York attention for his superb mural at the renowned Bowery/Hudson Street wall, this past summer. Now solidified as the most stylish trend in modern art, street artist like Banksy, ROA and Neckface are moving their style from the train yards to galleries and Stoudemire hopes to keep up with the scene. “A lot of athletes are so submersed in training and becoming the best that we can possibly be, so tunnel-visional to that … hopefully the rest of us will catch up soon and educate themselves and become collectors.”
Stoudemire who is already well know for his avant-garde fashion style, also reflected on how fashion style can compliment his taste in art, saying, “It all depends on what you want to spend your money on — you want to buy a painting or you want to buy a Balmain jacket. You have to look good while buying art.”
The magazine’s executive editor Spencer Bailey moderated the panel with elite hotelier Ian Schrager, along with a number of VIP guests, with the focus of the discussions covering the difference between New York and London hospitality.
photos by Jerritt Clark