prior to last night’s breaking bad season premiere (did you watch? AHH) the internet could not shut up about jay-z’s live performance of his new song “picasso baby.” for six straight hours he rapped his words in a nyc gallery with the goal to connect and share energy with those who showed up. lots of famous faces in the resulting video, the crowd was a veritable who’s who of the creative world.
the jealous curator nails it, per usual. did jay plagiarize this type of performance art? does performance art in a fancy gallery undermine the purpose of hip hop? is this real art? and if we’re gonna go there, what really is real art?
it seems performance art is always under scrutiny – i think that “emperor’s new clothes syndrome” often applies – and i’m still not sure how i feel about jay’s display. if only picasso himself could have been there; as a lover of all art and the muse behind the song + shoot, i feel like he would definitely get to make the call whether this is cool or pretentious. what do you think?