Jay Z and Mark Romanek Pay Homage to Marina Abramovic in Performance Art Film

Picasso Baby.

Published on Aug 05, 2013

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Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic continues to inspire her fellow creatives. Earlier this year, we saw director Nabil's Cannes New Director's showcase-winning video for Antony and the Johnsons' "Cut the World," a song originally written for director Robert Wilson's opera "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic." Her renowned MoMa piece "The Artist is Present," also inspired one of writer/director Jun Diaz' CFDA short films.

The most recent artists to pay homage to her and that specific piece were rapper Jay Z and director Mark Romanek, whose "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" was aired on HBO on Friday, August 2. The 10-minute film is a condensed version of the music artist's six-hour rapping marathon at the Pace Gallery before a star-studded audience. Attendees, who included Abramovic herself, were individually regaled with the lyrics of "Picasso Baby," the rapper's Timbaland-produced song from his recently released album "Magna Carta… Holy Grail." It was a reunion, of sorts for Jay Z and Romanek, having previously worked together on Jay Z's "99 Problems" video.

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Aug 05, 2013
S. Carter Enterprises
Mark Romanek
Production Co.:
Anonymous Content
Sr. Executive Producer:
Eric Stern
SueEllen Clair
Aris McGarry
Director of Photography:
Jody Lee Lipes
Editorial Co.:
Arcade Edit
Paul Martinez
Geoff Hounsell
Nick Rondeau
Assistant Editor:
Dean Miyahira
Assistant Editor:
Andrew Leggett
Assistant Editor:
Glenn Teel
Executive Producer:
Damian Stevens
Executive Producer:
Nicole Visram
Post Producer:
Kirsten Thon-Webb
Company 3, Los Angeles
DI Colorist:
Dave Hussey
DI Assistant:
Jim Harmon
DI Assistant:
Ryan Dale
DI Producer:
Lizza Kerlin
Company 3, Los Angeles
Executive Producer:
Robert Owens
Lead Smoke Artist:
Brian Robinson
Flame Artist:
Glen Bennett
Cara Farnsworth
Audio Post Facility:
20th Century Fox
Re-Recording Mixer:
Andy Nelson
Ryan Cole
Re-recording Engineer:
Paul Pavelka
Supervising Sound Editor:
Becky Sullivan
First Assistant Sound Editor:
David Stanke
Sound Effects Editor:
Ben Wilkins
Dialogue Editor:
Laura H. Atkinson


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