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Jay Z Launches ‘Picasso Baby’ Art Film Featuring Judd Apatow & Others [VIDEO]

Marina Abramovic, Wale, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke, Rosie Perez, and other celebrities celebrate cameos in Jay Z’s performance art piece

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: August 5th, 2013 in Culture » Art » News
Judd Apatow in Jay Z's 'Picasso Baby' Performance Art FilmPic: YouTube still

Last month, Jay Z invited celebrities and fans into a New York City museum to participate in a performance art project in promotion of his new album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail.’

For six hours straight, Jay Z rapped/lip-synced along to one of the album’s tracks entitled ‘Picasso Baby’ in a white room with only a simple stage and a bench.

The footage from the event has been cut into an 11-minute long short filmed directed by Mark Romanek, featuring highlights from the performance intercut with Jay Z discussing his album and the art world, along with thoughts from the crowd members and participants.

"The truth is, as far as hip-hop and arts, we were like cousins," Jay Z said while speaking with Bill Maher.

"If you think about those days when Fab Five Freddy was with Madonna and Basquiat and everything. We all went to those clubs, that's when hip-hop was more underground. The arts and hip-hop really partied together. But when art started becoming part of the gallery, it was this separation. But we pretty much came up together."

Several public figures are featured in the video, including Judd Apatow, ‘Girls’ stars Adam Driver and Jemima Kirke, Marina Abramovic, Rosie Perez, Wale, Dustin Yellin, Fab Five Freddy, Cynthia Rowley, Alan Cumming, and Pablo Picasso’s actual grandbaby, Diana Widmaier Picasso.

‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film’ debuted on HBO on Friday, but you watch it below if you missed it.

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