THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND MUSIC is increasingly ever present. Several new examples emerged over the past week. A cartoon-like action figure of Pharrell Williams entitled “Happy” was presented at the Perrotin Gallery booth at Art Basel Hong Kong (March 15-17). According to ARTnews, the small-scale sculpture by Japanese artist Mr. was issued in an edition of 30, priced at $20,000.
Then the season finale of new television series “Empire” aired on March 18. The runaway hit about a family-run hip hop label has featured art by Kehinde Wiley hanging in the home of music mogul Lucious Lyons, the drama’s main character who, ironically, is homophobic.
Jazz pianist Jason Moran and artist Theaster Gates were in conversation at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. on March 19. The pair collaborated last year on “Looks of a Lot,” a live performance commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The event featured a screening of a documentary that captured the development of the project through its final performance, followed by a discussion between Gates and Moran.
Finally, a prestigious art school announced it is bestowing an honorary doctorate degree on Kanye West. Afrika Bambaataa spun records at the Guggenheim. And Drake has been tapped to select the music for an exhibition at Sotheby’s.
Afrika Bambaataa DJs at Guggenheim
Music for the March 19 Young Collectors Party at the Guggenheim Museum in New York came courtesy of hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa. Getty images photographed the annual event that raises funds to support the acquisition of new works by emerging artists, such as the 2001 purchase “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” by Mark Bradford, early in the Los Angeles-based artist’s career. Aimed at professionals aged 21-40, the group was formed in 1996.