Hova’s Witnesses: Jay-Z Brings the New York Art World on Stage

Abramovic and Jay-Z

The invitation was cryptic, asking only that guests RSVP and consent to be filmed, but it was obvious, walking into Pace’s easternmost gallery on West 25th Street on Wednesday afternoon, that everyone knew what they were getting into: a music video shoot for Jay-Z’s art-reference-heavy “Picasso Baby,” the second track off his new album Magna Carta…Holy Grail. (His art advisor, Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, got the location through Pace’s Andrea Glimcher.) Read More


Jay-Z’s New Album Is Rich With Contemporary Art Mentions

Jay-Z. (Getty Images)

Jay-Z’s never been shy about his interest in contemporary art, but he really goes all-out with art references on his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which was released to Samsung users yesterday, July 4. (The album will officially be released on July 9.) The first two verses of the album’s second song, “Picasso Baby,” are pretty much completely devoted to art. Read More


Jay-Z, Art Critic


We’re not really sure how we missed this one, but we just randomly re-read GQ‘s Jay-Z profile–the one that declared him the Man of the Year–from the end of 2011. That article opens with a scene of the rapper, who is also a collector and, apparently, part-time art critic, walking around Gagosian’s West 24th Street gallery. This was back when the gallery was exhibiting Richard Serra’s Junction/Cycle, those giant swirling steel sculptures that took up most of the enormous, warehouse-like space. Read More