Part I: Beyoncé & Jay-Z
“What I find in the artwork of Jean Michel Basquiat, I search for everyday in music. His art is musical, his broad strokes, he is lyrical and raw. Thank you for your life’s work JMB.” – Beyoncé
“I just want a Picasso in my casa, no, my castle.” – Jay-Z (lyrics from Picasso Baby)
Like many couples, Jay-Z and Beyoncé don’t always agree on what to hang over the sofa. According to a Rolling Stone interview, Jay-Z purchased a Laurie Simmons photograph featuring “a noirishly lit pistol with a pair of women’s legs emerging from the handle”. His, wife, Beyoncé, promptly sent it back and replaced it with a different piece by the artist, choosing a perfume bottle instead of a gun. After all happy wife, happy life!
Who are they collecting?
- Estimated collection valued at $33 Million
- Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” was “inspired by” video/installation artist Pipilotti Rist (Ever is Over All), arguably out-right stolen
- Not only does Jay-Z name-drop famous modern and contemporary artists in his songs, but he also has artists design his album covers and features their work in his music videos
- The couple paid $4.5 million for a 1985 Basquiat entitled Mecca
- The power couple’s 2018 “Apes**t” video was filmed at the Louvre among the museum’s masterpieces and garnered some criticism for equating their personality with iconic art.