The Art Album: Exploring the connection between Hip-hop and visual art

By Dawud Knuckles

Art & photography, Music & musicians, Picture books & comics | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


What do Russell Simmons, Shepard Fairey, and Jay-Z, have in common, besides being some of the most respected influential people in the world? They felt the need to come together to represent their art for the sake of the book, "The Art Album." When you think of contemporary art, what comes to mind? Pablo Picasso? How about Kehinde Wiley and Eminem? What if the biggest names in music and visual art could come together to tell you firsthand what they meant in their most popular work in recent years, as you count down to who is the hottest right now? As an art student, how incredible would it be if you could have the opportunity to have your work published alongside the most monumental artists of today? Author Dawud Knuckles puts together a groundbreaking art book, with Russell Simmons as the host, in collaboration with prominent visual and recording artists, and with contributions from art students across the country, called "The Art Album." The objective of the project is to showcase the art behind the lyrics of hip-hop in juxtaposition of similar themes in contemporary art, to encourage readers to consider the meaning and value behind these works and themes ad large.


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What do Russell Simmons, Shepard Fairey, and Jay-Z, have in common, besides being some of the most respected influential people in the world? They felt the need to come together to represent their art for the sake of the book, "The Art Album." When you think of contemporary art, what comes to mind? Pablo Picasso? How about Kehinde Wiley and Eminem? What if the biggest names in music and visual art could come together to tell you firsthand what they meant in their most popular work in recent years, as you count down to who is the hottest right now? As an art student, how incredible would it be if you could have the opportunity to have your work published alongside the most monumental artists of today? Author Dawud Knuckles puts together a groundbreaking art book, with Russell Simm...


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Dawud Knuckles is a veteran of the record industry in America and a curator of art exhibits juxtaposing hip-hop themes. In the 1990s, he was a videographer for the record label Ruff Ryders, handling interviews, special projects, tours, and documentaries. He lives in New York City. Danny Simmons is an American abstract painter from Queens, New York, who once coined his particular style of painting as "neo-African Abstract Expressionism." He is cofounder and president of the Rush Arts Gallery, and the author of Deep in Your Best Reflection. He lives in Brooklyn. Russell Simmons is the cofounder of Def Jam Records and the force behind the hip-hop revolution, promoting stars like the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and LL Cool J. He lives in New York City. Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. She is the author of more than 30 books, including Acolytes, Blues: For All the Changes, Gemini, Hip Hop Speaks to Children, Love Poems, and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea. She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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Dawud Knuckles is a veteran of the record industry in America and a curator of art exhibits juxtaposing hip-hop themes. In the 1990s, he was a videographer for the record label Ruff Ryders, handling interviews, special projects, tours, and documentaries. He lives in New York City. Danny Simmons is an American abstract painter from Queens, New York, who once coined his particular style of paint...


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