He wants to be a “Giant” in the art world too. Former Giants linebacker Keith Rivers once collected sacks, but the 35-year-old retired NFLer — a …Ex-Big Blue linebacker Keith Rivers is now a ‘giant’ in the art world
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He wants to be a “Giant” in the art world too.
Former Giants linebacker Keith Rivers once collected sacks, but the 35-year-old retired NFLer — a noted art connoisseur for a decade — now wants to open his own museum.
His dream institution would feature work from artists of color and be “like the Barnes Collection,” he told Introspective Magazine, referring to the late Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ $20 billion collection in Philadelphia — one of the most valuable private collections in the world.
Rivers’ notable art hoard features the works of Canadian filmmaker-essayist Jon Rafman, Brazilian titan Arjan Martins, and Afro-Caribbean powerhouse Sonia Gomes. Rivers also sits on the boards of several prestigious museums, including the Hammer Museum at UCLA and the Hirshhorn in Washington, DC.
“When I first started collecting, I wasn’t as serious as I am now. I got caught up in ‘zombie formalism,’” he said, referring to the practice of buying pricey art just because the market values it.