Jay Z and Marina Abramovic in the “Picasso Baby” video
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By Michelle DiLungo

Jay Z took rap to a whole new level in 2013 when he released “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” on HBO in which the rapper performed his hit song for 6 hours to a circulating live audience.  The show, which was held at New York City’s Pace Gallery, was visited by celebs including Judd Apatow, Michael K. Williams, Alan Cummings and Jemima Kirke.

The idea for the video came from performance artist Marina Abramovic’s (who is also featured in Jay’s video) 2010 exhibit “The Artist Is Present.”  During the exhibition, Abramovic sat still at a table in the atrium of New York’s Museum of Modern Art for 736 hours, as people sat in the chair across from her.

Now, 2 years after her collaboration with the music mogul, Abramovic is speaking out about the rappers decline to make good on their agreement.

Marina recently told Spike Magazine, “I am very pissed by this, since he adapted my work only under one condition: that he would help my institute, which he didn’t.”

She went on the explain that she and Jay Z came to an agreement that she would give him permission to use her work if he helped her draw attention to her work.  She continued, “Then he just completely used me and that wasn’t fair.”

The “Tidal” creator also reportedly agreed to make an unspecified donation to the Marina Abramovic Institute along with a “long-durational collaboration.”

After dealing with the disappointment of a broken agreement, Abramovic admitted she wont be collaborating with any musicians in the future saying, “I was really naïve in this kind of world.  It was really new to me and I had no idea that this would happen.  It’s so cruel, it’s incredible.  I will stay away from it for sure.”

A representative for Jay Z has yet to comment on the story.

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