The Compound is kicking once again. The contemporary art gallery teamed up with the NBA Players Association to unveil its newest feature titled ‘Players Voice Awards Art Exhibit,’ which tipped off with an exclusive opening party on Wednesday, August 22.
Awards-winning portraits and abstract pieces relating to the the best moments o f the 2019 NBA season hang all around the three-roomed expose now, many with connections to the Bronx.
Legendary New York Yankees muralist Andre Trenier switched sports when he painted a very classical interpretation of Giannis Antetokounmpo, making the Milwaukee MVP appear as a marble Olympian like his Greek predecessors.
Other works on display include Devon Rodriguez’s hyper realistic painting of Boston Celtic’s Gordon Hayward that served as a metaphor for his Comeback Player Award and the Vera twins’ cartooning of the Houston Rockets James Harden.
Guests were still entertained after glancing over all the pieces with the newest editions of FIFA and NBA2K up for grabs to play on Xbox One.
Not to mention the buffet catered by nearby Mott Haven Bar and Grill was to die for…especially the fried mac & cheese balls.
In addition to the artists appreciating the extraordinary work of their colleagues, the opening night served as a chance for notable Bronxites to socialize as well.
Famed Bronx fashion designer Jerome Lamaar joined the ranks of other borough noteables like Bronx Native creator Amaurys Grullon, The Bronxer, who also just unveiled a new collaboration with the Bronx Brewery, and of course the Compound’s co-owner Set Free Richardson who made the evening and gallery happen.
The ‘Players Voice Award Arts Exhibit’ will remain on display throughout September.