Marina Abramovic: Jay Z “Completely Used Me” for Picasso Baby Performance …

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Artist Marina Abramovic: ‘Jay Z used me’.

While performance artist Marina Abramovic claimed in a recent interview that Jay Z reneged on a promise to make a donation to her foundation in return for permission to adapt her most famous work, sources familiar with the situation say the rapper did in fact hand over a check.The “99 Problems” hitmaker’s 10-minute promo was inspired by Abramovic’s popular “The Artist Is Present” exhibition and film, staged at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, which featured the veteran artist sitting at a table across from visiting strangers for hours. Abramovic told the art magazine Spike this week that her involvement in Jay Z’s 2013 video for “Picasso Baby,” an homage to her work “The Artist Is Present,” was “a one-way transaction.” (For his version of the piece, Jay Z performed the song, in which he raps about collecting contemporary art, for six hours straight at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea; Ms.

In Jay Z’s performance art piece, he took over an art gallery, rhyming in 45-minute spurts before taking mini breaks, in front of members of the public and celebrity fans, like director Judd Apatow, Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, Taraji P. Abramovic, 68, slammed Jay Z in a new interview with Spike magazine, claiming that she did the video as a part of an agreement with the rapper, who allegedly didn’t fulfill his part of the bargain. “There was one reason for this that I can’t talk about,” she told Spike of the “Picasso Baby” video. “I am very pissed by this, since he adapted my work only under one condition: That he would help my institute — which he didn’t.” “He came to my office and I gave him an entire PowerPoint presentation and said, ‘Okay, you can help me, because I really need help to build this thing,'” continued the artist, who has previously worked with stars such as Lady Gaga in support of her Marina Abramovic Institute. “Then he just completely used me. We are sincerely sorry to both Marina Abramovic and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter for this, and since then we have taken to appropriate actions to reconcile this matter.”

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