The rapper Jay Z has responded to the charges made by the performance artist Marina Abramović, who is accusing him of having violated their contract.
Marina Abramović had allowed the singer to adapt and to feature in one of her performances for the music video of his song Picasso Baby, in return for a donation to support the construction of her performance art institute in Hudson, New York. Abramović then accused the singer of not having made the donation he had promised. “I will never do it again, that I can say […]. I was really naive in this kind of world. It was really new to me, and I had no idea that this would happen,” she explained to Spike magazine. But Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Jay Z’s artistic advisor, who contributed to shooting the film, defended Jaz Z, claiming to have read the acknowledgment of receipt which stated: “Thank you for your donation”.
The Marina Abramović Institute in Hudson has just apologised to Jay Z and to Marina Abramović, explaining that when she did the interview with Spike magazine in Brazil, the artist had not been informed about the donation that the rapper made two years ago.