Swizz Beatz Will Open New York Gallery


Rap producer Swizz Beatz–a.k.a Kaseem Dean, husband of singer Alicia Keys–recently told Jay-Z’s lifestyle blog Life and Times that he intends to open a gallery in the city sometime soon.

Swizzy apparently counts dealer Tony Shafrazi, ex-dealer Jeffrey Deitch and artist Peter Max among his friends, and recently obtained the rights to reproduce Jean-Michel Basquiat works on apparel. The lifelong New Yorker says he’s always had a close association with the art world and his gallery ambitions will be an attempt to shape it:

“‘I want my gallery to be for young up and coming artists from around the world that people wouldn’t easily discover,” he says. ‘I feel like I found the new [Andy] Warhol in Japan, the new [Takashi] Murakami in Hong Kong—not to compare their work so much but as far as [their] thinking outside of the box. I found a couple of sick artists in Africa, in Mexico too.’”

Anyone familiar with his music catalogue knows that he certainly has an eye for talent. Color us intrigued! Swizz Beatz Will Open New York Gallery