We always get a little skeptical when music artists branch out into alternative creative ventures, ahem Jay Z. Unsurprisingly, when we heard about the Sotheby’s art exhibit by Grammy Award-winning rapper Drake, we admit we rolled our eyes a little. Now that it’s debuted, we’re actually kind of loving it.
The 21-piece exhibit entitled I Like It Like This presented by S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department, launched on Tuesday and runs until June 12. It features well-lauded artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nick Cave, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu, David Hammons, Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley, among others, paired with some of Drake’s favorite songs for viewers to enjoy via listening stations with Beats by Dre Pro headphones. With this exhibit, Drake’s in the art company of these and other world-renowned names, such as Keith Haring, Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara and Banksy, all of whom have also shown at S|2. No big deal.
Think of the exhibit as a selection of work from some of the best artists of our time with handpicked songs from Drake’s personal playlist, which includes some of his music BFFs: Rihanna, Jadakiss, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Drake himself.
“We are thrilled to be working with Drake, one of the most exciting, innovative and successful musicians working today,” said Alexander Rotter, co-head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Worldwide Department. “At a time of unparalleled collaboration between performing and visual artists, Drake will bring to S|2 his keen understanding of today’s defining zeitgeist and how it speaks to the rich heritage of American culture.”
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