I'm going to Kansas City next week. I've never been there and i'm really looking forward to it. I love travelling to new places! Let me know if there are any specific restaurants i should try to make sure i hit.
I'm going there for a really great reason. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum asked me if i would create a pop art painting for installation in their collection. I was honored. I just finished it a couple of weeks ago and they asked me to come to Kansas City and dedicate it in a ceremony on what would have been John “Buck” O'Neil's 97th birthday. The painting features Buck in the middle and he was one of the greatest ambassadors baseball has ever had. The first African-American coach in Major League Baseball history, he was also instrumental in the building of the musuem which opened its doors in 1990. A limited edition 3-d print based on the painting will also be sold to raise funds for the Museum.
My mission as a pop artist is to capture all the different aspects of our popular culture. I'm honored to have been asked to create a work that pays tribute to a very important time in our history. And given the wonderful news of the day, and the incredible progress our nation has made…I feel that my painting is particularly meaningful today.
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