Artist Marina Abramović has slammed Jay Z, saying that she was “used” by the 45-year-old rapper for his experimental “Picasso Baby” music video.
The 68-year-old artist inspired the video — and even appeared in it — but now she’s setting the record straight, alleging Jay took advantage of her.
Jay Z and Marina, as seen in “Picasso Baby.” (Photo Credit: YouTube)
“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,” the Serbia native recently told Spike magazine.
“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.’ Then, he just completely used me. And that wasn’t fair.”
The performance artist runs the Marina Abramović Institute. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
For the video, which was filmed in the summer 2013, Jay rented out an NYC gallery and continually rapped his song for six hours in front of fans and famous friends.
The video was inspired by the artist’s performance, The Artist is Present, in which she sat silent on a chair for 736 hours in NYC’s Museum of Modern Art.
Marina’s ‘The Artist is Present’ exhibit. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Marina says she learned from the experience — and won’t be collaborating with any big names again.
“In the end, it was only a one-way transaction,” she says.
“I will never do it again, that I can say. Never. 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.”