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Mos Def to open art gallery

By | Published on Monday 23 July 2018

Yasiin Bey/Mos Def

Yasiin Bey – aka former rapper Mos Def – has announced plans to open a new art gallery in New York, in collaboration with advertising executive Set Free Richardson. Opening next month, the gallery is borne out of Richardson’s existing creative studios, The Compound, with which Bey has been associated for some time.

“The gallery will serve as a space for all mediums of art”, Bey tells Artnet News. “Free will run day-to-day operations alongside staff, and I will bring in curatorial and special projects”.

Richardson adds of the new venture’s artistic ambitions: “For me everything is art. 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 Compound is situated in the area of the South Bronx controversially re-imaged by property developers as ‘The Piano District’.