Earlier this week, performance artist Marina Abramovic accused Jay Z of using her after she agreed to let him adapt her famed “The Artist is Present” piece in his 2013 “Picasso Baby” video. According to Abramovic, the deal was she would appear in Jay’s video and let him borrow from her work as long as he donated to her Marina Abramovic institute in exchange. Instead, she told Spike magazine that she got beat and their deal turned into a “one-way transaction.”
“The day before, he came to my office and I gave him an entire PowerPoint presentation and said, ‘Okay, you can help me, because I really need help to build this thing,” she told the magazine. “Then he just completely used me. And that wasn’t fair. This is very different from Lady Gaga, for example, who has done great work for me. Just by having 45 million followers, she brought all these young kids into my public.”
Well, some fishy ish is going on with that institute of hers (or Jay wrote her one of those “keep quiet” checks) , because not long after the 68-year-olds accusations began to spread, artnet News reports that Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (who produced the video for “Picasso Baby”) came forward with proof that Mr. Carter made a generous donation to her performance institute immediately following their agreement.
“‘Thank you for your donation,’ says a receipt from the Hudson, New York institute, according to New York dealer and ‘Picasso Baby’ video producer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn of Salon 94, who read parts of the document to artnet News over the phone Wednesday morning.”
After the always-under-fire rap legend cleared his name, Abramovic’s institute strapped on a big ol’ pair of ass-kissers and issued an apology on her behalf, reports Madame Noire.
“Marina Abramovic was not informed of Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s donation from two years ago when she recently did an interview with Spike Magazine in Brazil,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We are sincerely sorry to both Marina Abramovic and Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter for this, and since then we have taken to appropriate actions to reconcile this matter.”
What do you all think? Payoff, failed attempt to slander Jay’s name, or genuine misunderstanding?