Meet the Artists in Jay Z’s Video for "Picasso Baby"


Meet the Artists in Jay Z’s Video for "Picasso Baby"

Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley of's "The Artist's Way" guest star.

Published August 9, 2013

Last month, Jay Z brought hip hop to the art world by performing his track “Picasso Baby” for six straight hours at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea. The resulting music video/performance art film aired last week on HBO and plenty of celebrities could be spotted in the crowd, including Taraji P. Henson, Wale, Michael K. Williams and Fab Five Freddy. Major art critics, art dealers and several artists, including three featured on the original series  The Artist’s Way, also rocked out with Hov. Check out the videos below to learn more about Kenyan born collage artist Wangechi Mutu, portrait artist Kehinde Wiley and mixed-media artist Mickalene Thomas.

The Artist's Way, which launched in February of this year, features profiles of contemporary Black photographers, painters, sculptors and more. The video series goes inside studios, galleries and museums with artists and their work to get a glimpse of what motivates and inspires these creative geniuses.

Go here to see the full series of The Artist's Way.

(Photo: mutustudio via Instagram)

Written by Norell Giancana


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