Watch: Jay-Z's Performance Art 'Picasso Baby' from Mark Romanek

August 5, 2013

Picasso Baby

Though rapper Jay-Z will soon be working on the music for Sony's developing remake of Annie starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx, last month he decided to dabble in performance art. On July 10th, Jay-Z performed his recent song Picasso Baby for six hours straight at the Pace Gallery in New York City. The purpose of his performance art piece was to find out what would happen if Jay-Z performed specifically to a single person instead of an arena full of fans. Now the footage has been edited down to a nearly 11-minute short film which features appearances by Judd Apatow, Alan Cumming and more.

Here's Jay-Z's Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film from director Mark Romanek (via Collider):

Other notables guests include stars of the HBO series "Girls" like Adam Driver and Jemima Kirke along with other talents like Taraji P. Henson, Marina Abramovic (whose work inspired the video) and Michael K. Williams. Director Mark Romanek is no stranger to Jay-Z having directed his music video 99 Problems, and he's been a prominent music video director with praised work including videos for Hurt by Johnny Cash, Criminal by Fiona Apple and Closer by Nine Inch Nails, not to mention working with icons like Madonna and David Bowie. The results here are entertaining and interesting. Kudos to someone like Jay-Z for indulging his curiosity to study the effect of his live music on people in this manner. Cool short?

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very cool

truong18 on Aug 5, 2013



Nick Sears on Aug 5, 2013


Super talented but very aware of his own talent.

DAVIDPD on Aug 5, 2013


Arrogantly so? Or confidently so?

Ayotunde Afolabi on Aug 6, 2013


Yeah, you don't really get to that level without the understanding that you have a gift far greater than many of your contemporaries.

Fatal Error on Aug 6, 2013


I'm not Jay Z's biggest fan, but that was great. Quite a mad crowd too, Rosie Perez gets out to loads of art events, always see her at a lot of the Bronx artists shows.

Carpola on Aug 5, 2013



Terry Craig on Aug 5, 2013


I saw him, and my brain went "Andy Warhol?" for a split second.

Fatal Error on Aug 6, 2013



cabo on Aug 5, 2013


Saw it right when it aired on HBO - following his appearance on Maher. Was a good little bookend to that interview.

OfficialJab on Aug 5, 2013


Can't stand this jungle monkey. Oh, wait. Sorry, I actually meant Kanye. I LOVE Jay Z.

kLO on Aug 5, 2013


Rap is finally Dead! but now it seems cross dressing and child pop stars are all the rage nowadays. But now that rap is dead are all those wanna be kids gonna stop trying to be black?

Jimmy Love on Aug 5, 2013


Have to disagree with my friend, hip-hop is not dead. 🙂

Ayotunde Afolabi on Aug 6, 2013


What the fuck is this shit... I mean seriously... what the fuck am I watching here...?

ali3000 on Aug 6, 2013


It's called performance art.

Fatal Error on Aug 6, 2013


Whats with the hate, that was amazing whether fan or not amazing lol.

mmmmmmmmm on Aug 6, 2013

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