Amar’e Stoudemire Rising as an Art Connoisseur

October 21, 2016 at 8:14 am by Terez in Amare Stoudemire

Art is life T...

Art is life T…

After 14 seasons as a professional basketball player, including four and a half seasons with the New York Knicks and six All-Star Game appearances, he recently announced his retirement from the N.B.A. He now plays in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem, a team in which he had an ownership stake. His life beyond the hardwood already includes fashion. He has scrunched front row next to Anna Wintour at runway shows, collaborated with Rachel Roy on a women’s athletic-wear line, and was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 50 best-dressed athletes. More recently, he has appeared in films (including Amy Schumer’s 2015 comedy “Trainwreck”), co-written a kosher cookbook after declaring himself “culturally Jewish” and purchased a 185-acre cattle farm in Hyde Park, N.Y. But his most ambitious endeavor may be as an art curator and dealer. Already an avid collector, with works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and other blue-chip artists in his personal stash, Mr. Stoudemire now hopes to parlay his reputation as a cultural tastemaker into art-world clout. Amare might be the most interesting man in the world.-TO

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