Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys Announce Their Art Collection Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum

Kimberli Gant, a curator of modern and contemporary art who helped organize the installment, told the New York Times that, “There is great brand recognition with the Deans, but they don’t know them as collectors.”

Swizz has been collecting artwork since the ’90s and most recently revealed to the Times that his collection has easily hit the thousands mark with various rare pieces, including a 2018 Derrick Adams painting titled “Floater 74,” which will be on view at the exhibition.

Most of the work in their collection is from African-American artists, which Swizz said wasn’t easy because there wasn’t a market for it. “The reason why we doubled down on African American art is because people weren’t collecting it. Things flow a little better now,” he said.