And The Art World Wept: “Jay Z Used Me” Cries Picasso Baby’s Marina Abramovic
Marina Abramovic’s original piece, “The Artist Is Present,” was presented at the New York’s Museum of Modern Art and included her sitting at a table across from others for 736 hours. Her art influenced the rap star so much that he worked with her for his 2013 video “Picasso Baby,” but the artist was not pleased with the outcome.
“I am very pissed by this, since he adapted my work only under one condition: that he would help my institute,” she explained to Spike magazine. “Which he didn’t.”
The artist said she told Jay Z she would help him with his video, but in return he had to help her as well.
“It was a “one-way transaction,’ she said. “He just completely used me and that wasn’t fair.”
Maria continues by saying she will never work with another music artist again!
The artist said her experience with Jay Z has deterred her from working with a big name again, but it’s also taught her a lot.
“I will never do it again, that I can say,” she said. “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.”
Hmm, we wonder what she’s so upset about? She wasn’t really clear with what she was expecting specifically in return.