Hip-hop artist Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) has teamed up with advertising executive Set Free Richardson to open a new gallery in the South Bronx area of New York City next month called The Compound, reports Artnet News.
The space is located in the neighborhood where real-estate developers are rebranding the "Piano District," and will host a variety of visual arts programs, in addition to performance, design, and film that bridges hip-hop and fine art.
"The gallery will serve as a space for all mediums of art," Yasiin Bey, told Artnet News. "Free will run day-to-day operations alongside staff and I will bring in curatorial and special projects."
Richardson says that hip-hop and art share a stylistic convergence and it’s rarely recognized by the art establishment. "For me everything is art," Richardson told Artnet News. "What often happens is that certain artists don’t get a fair chance, and a lot of galleries don’t accept certain artists. The whole blue-chip world isn’t fair because certain artists that are just as good will never be accepted."
The two also chose the Bronx due to its deep links to early hip-hop culture. The first show is slated for mid-August, and will feature an exhibition of work by renowned photographer Jonathan Mannion, who has captured rap legends such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, and Nas since the 1990s.
Official details for the new gallery’s exhibition schedule are still being finalized, but for the full story, head on over to Artnet News.