Mediums: Painting, Film
When Jeffrey Deitch, one of the most successful art dealers of this generation, compared Swizz Beatz to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Swizz was vocally humbled. And with good reason—Basquiat was one of the most heralded painters of the last century. We already know from some of Swizz's canvases that he was a fan of Basquiat; he's painted at least one portrait of young Jean-Michel. The only other person we can think of that's capitalized on proximity to Basquiat even remotely is Julian Schnabel. Actually, in Schnabel's case, it's a little more than remote.