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.

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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.

In other art news, Museum of Sex explores Nobuyoshi Araki and the NSFW Art of Kinbaku in their latest exhibitions.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

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