Proving once again that professional athletes exist on an entirely different realm of reality than the rest of us, a photo of the Hell’s Kitchen apartment shared by New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, wife La La and son Kiyan revealed that Carmelo has a painting of Carmelo hanging above the fireplace in his home. And I know of at least one person who would love to own a print of this magnificent piece of art.
The photo (above) appeared alongside an interview of La La in the New York Post and even became a topic of discussion:
How much input has Carmelo had in the design of your home or did you manage the project yourself?
Believe it or not, he has more input and gets more involved than I do. He was really into working with the decorator, Alicia Darby, who also decorated our home in LA.
Have you recently purchased any artwork? What is your favorite piece?
This past Christmas, we purchased a huge, modern picture of my husband from the artist Paul Gerben, whose studio is located in SoHo. It was great to be directly in touch with the artist himself, which enabled us to create this fantastic, very large and abstract piece that we love.
I’m no fancy schmancy art expert, and I hate to disagree with somebody who goes by La La, but even with my limited knowledge I have to ask: can that piece of artwork truly be considered abstract? More or less, isn’t it just a portrait of Carmelo with some paint smeared around on the canvas? Perhaps if Carmelo’s image was comprised of cubes or something, sure. But then again, I guess that would make it a cubist piece.
Who knows? Maybe La La’s right. What I do know, however, is that they love their Carmelo Anthony painting and proudly display it in their home. Imagine what you would say to a friend if you dropped in at their house and they had a huge portrait of themselves hanging in the living room? Unless you’re pal is a professional athlete, my guess is most people would think something a tad askew was going on in that household. Although Carmelo’s portrait is far better than a person making the bizarre decision of having a painting of themselves depicted as a centaur. But then again, I guess that goes without saying.