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The Brooklyn Museum – Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

This is the story of the artwork owned by the pioneers that hit the music scene decades ago and have categorised a love of their culture through sharing a reminiscent encounter of art.

Important figures in the show include Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley and Esther Mahlangu, some of many recognised artists in their field.

Parks, Untitled, Miami, FL, 1966

As a celebration of this collection on show, some exhibits will enter the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent gallery exhibition.

This amalgamation of art features over 20 years of art collecting. In 2018 Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) told Cultured magazine “The collection started not just because we’re art lovers, but also because there’s not enough people of colour collecting artists of colour.”

Braithwaite, Untitled

The title of the exhibition refers to different aspects of the renowned assertations of such greats by creators such as Derrick Adams, Arthur Jafa, and Meleko Mokgosi and the term evokes the relationships between the Deans and the artisan subjects.

With over 100 works by Black American and African artists this exhibition has been curated by Kimberli Gant, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Indira A. Abiskaroon, Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be showing at The Brooklyn Museum from February 10–July 7, 2024.

Sherald, Deliverance