Art I Love: Picasso Baby (and Kehinde Baby, Condo Baby, Mutu Baby)

picasso baby

This past weekend, Jay-Z debuted the video for his song “Picasso Baby” which he calls a “Performance Art Film” that he performed at the Pace Gallery in NYC for 6 hours. The 10-minute long video directed by Mark Romanek features many celebrities in the theatre, fashion and art world. I believe this video was inspired by the work of artist Marina Abramovic, the self-described “grandmother of performance art”, whose work explores the relationship between the artist and the audience. Her 2010 MoMa retrospective performance art piece The Artist is Present, included her sitting at a table and sharing a few moments with strangers in silence. The performance piece gained popularity amongst younger generations when Lady Gaga came to “sit” with Abramovic. The piece also gained a lot of online publicity when Abramovic’s long lost lover surprised her at the table after not seeing her since 1988 when they each walked to the Great Wall of China to say their goodbyes and then walked away- this was a spiritual journey to end their relationship (have you ever heard of a break-up like this? Because I sure haven’t!). See the reunion at the opening of The Artist is Present below:

It’s clear that Abramovic was a huge influential factor in the making of this “Picasso Baby” video.

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I especially love that Jay-Z has decided to feature so many visual artists in the video. I wanted to highlight some of those artists and a few pieces of their work.

1. Kehinde Wiley

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Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

2. George Condo

George Condo

George Condo

George Condo

George Condo

3. Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson

4. Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

5. Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson

6. Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano

7. Micaklene Thomas

Micaklene Thomas

Micaklene Thomas

Micaklene Thomas

Micaklene Thomas

8. Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

9. Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter

10. Quattara Watts

Quattara Watts

Quattara Watts

Quattara Watts

Quattara Watts

11. Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner

12. Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama

The video also include art dealers Sandra Gering, Bill Powers, and of course Picasso’s own granddaughter, art historian Diana Widmaier Picasso. Check out the video:

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