Jay Z Responds to Marina Abramovic's Accusations With Proof of Large Donation

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Jay Z Responds to Marina Abramovic's Accusations With Proof of Large Donation

"Picasso Baby" video producer says he donated to her charity after all.

Published May 20, 2015

UPDATE: Jay Z has responded to Marina Abramovic’s accusations that he never donated to her art institute. In a statement released to Artnet News, video producer of “Picasso Baby” Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn read a receipt Wednesday morning that was received from Hov. “Thank you for your donation," it says. Greenberg Rohatyn continued that the receipt is marked with the number W984804 and confirms that a large donation was made.

PREVIOUS: An artist who took part in Jay Z’s 2013 “Picasso Baby” visual feels “used” by Brooklyn’s Finest. Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present exhibit inspired the six-hour-long art gallery performance that would become Jay's music video, which she’s featured in along with fans, art lovers and celebrities. 

Abramovic says the agreement was that Jay would make a donation to her art institute in exchange for her cameo, but in an interview with Spike magazine, the Serbian artist claims he didn’t come through. “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,” she said.  

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Even if she wasn’t overjoyed at the thought of inspiring Jay (because there are “hundreds of people” adapting her work, she said), Abramovic believed that he would make the donation. “Then he just completely used me. And that wasn’t fair,” Abarmovic said before comparing the Jay collaboration to that of another big artist. “This is very different from Lady Gaga, for example, who has done great work for me. Just by having 45 million followers, she brought all these young kids into my public.”

Where Gaga has helped her career, Hov hasn’t been as successful in leaving a good impression. Naturally, Abramovic doesn’t see Jay Z collaborations in her future.  In the end it was only a one-way transaction,” she explained. “I will never do it again, that I can say. Never. I was really naive in this kind of world. It was really new to me, and I had no idea that this would happen. It’s so cruel, it’s incredible. I will stay away from it for sure.”

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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