Swizz Beatz Helps Curate New Caribbean Art Exhibit for Art Basel Miami Beach

The hottest invite in the art world is the international art show, Art Basel, with three events annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and Hong Kong. This weekend, the coveted social event descends on Miami Beach (Dec. 7-10), and Grammy-winning producer Swizz Beatz is hosting No Commission: Miami, a traveling art and music exhibit, with partners Bacardi and The Dean Collection.

No Commission: Miami is the sixth in a series of artist support collaborations, and Swizz Beatz toldBillboard he wanted to give artists a chance to sell their work and take home 100 percent of the proceeds, as opposed to turning over a hefty commission to a gallery space.

The lineup includes Kehinde Wiley, Derrick Adams, Renee Cox, Nadine Ijewere and Karyn Oliver —to name a few.

“I feel like we pull from the Caribbean with a lot of different things, even with my partners Bacardi,” the recent Harvard Business School graduate told Essence Magazine. “The way that we picked the artists with my curator was looking for those with vibrant work and some type of background with the Caribbean or did some dedication to the Caribbean.”

“I love that the artists like Kehinde, Derrick Adams and all of these guys, and all of the artists that are on super levels are saying, ‘You know what, it doesn’t matter who my work is next to. It’s the art.’ That’s like a real strong message, because most of the times artists are placed only in a certain bracket. This shows entry point is very broad. You can purchase something for a couple of hundred bucks or you can purchase for a couple of thousand, or a couple of hundred thousand.”

So if you’re in Miami this weekend and of legal drinking age, admission to the pop-up art showcase is free with RSVP.

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