No Commission, the nomadic art fair and music festival founded by Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean that lets artists keep 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales, is on hiatus this year. But the esteemed hip-hop producer and art patron will still have a big presence during Miami Art Week, where he’ll be giving a Creative Minds Talk with artist Kehinde Wiley.
“Kehinde is always family, and being able to do a talk with him is such a blessing,” Beatz told Artnet News. “He’s just so knowledgeable about his space and the space of creativity.”
The two have been close for years, to the point where Beatz doesn’t recall the exact circumstances of their meeting. “I think I was invited to his house for a party or something like that,” he recalled. “When we met, Kehinde was like, ‘I heard a lot about you. We can do some fun things together.’ I remember explaining the No Commission concept to him and he was like, ‘you’ve got some real courage to do that.’”
Wiley was one of the first artists to sign on to participate in the event, which Beatz credits with encouraging other artists to take part. “It’s easy to support something when it’s already off the ground and running, but Kehinde was even advised not to be a part of No Commission, and he still did it,” he said. “That allowed us to get to this point where we’ve helped so many artists through the platform.”
Many of the No Commission artists also have a place in the Dean Collection, the 1,000-work art collection of Beatz and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys. In August, the couple shocked the quiet town of Macedon (about a half hour outside Rochester, New York) with a proposal to transform a former industrial complex into the Dean Collection Music and Art Campus. Plans are still in the works, but are rumored to include an exhibition space, classrooms, and…
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