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Jay Z Named One of the “Most Powerful People in the Art World”


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Jay Z has a growing art collection, which has led to him being named in U.K. newspaper The Guardians list of  the “Most Powerful People in the Art World.”

The publication mentions the rap mogul alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Steve Martin as being some of the most influential art collectors right now — surprisingly, fellow connoisseurs Pharrell and Swizz Beatz are not mentioned.

The Guardian credits Jay for including his love of art in his music.  The paper writes, “In one video, he rapped in front of a Takashi Murakami painting and a sculpture of Tim Noble and Sue Webster (featuring a flashing dollar sign).” But also takes Jay to task saying,  “His Picasso Baby, filmed in Pace Gallery and featuring too many curators and artists to count, was not the art world’s finest seven minutes.”

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