Mr. Eazi, Nigerian Music Star, Teams Up With African Visual Artists –

Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi, a global popstar known for hits like Skin Tight,’ ‘Bankulize,’ and ‘Leg Over,’ is collaborating with top African visual artists for his upcoming debut album, the artist toldARTnews. For the album rollout, Eazi will work with contemporary artists to create unique art pieces to accompany each song. The pieces will be … Read more

The World of Music Video Is Finally Adopting Restoration Efforts

Despite the steady pace of restoration work in film, the music video as a form has been slow to reap the same rewards. But a shift seems to be happening, with high-definition and 4K transfers being made for well-known videos. Many of these facelifts can be tied to anniversaries. The rabbit hole of financial motivations … Read more

Listen to Basquiat’s Favorite Music at the Exhibition ‘King Pleasure’ –

Lena Horne’s “Stormy Weather” floats from the record player at a meticulous re-creation of the Basquiat family brownstone in Brooklyn. Soon after the song ends, John Coltrane’s saxophone carries through the space of “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure”, a sweeping exhibition dedicated to the late, legendary artist, now on view at the Starrett Lehigh Building in … Read more

Listen to the Music That Shaped Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1982 (© James Van der Zee Archive, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; courtesy; King Pleasure exhibition) A new series of playlists celebrating the music that artist Jean-Michel Basquiat listened to, enjoyed, and influenced during his short-lived yet enormously consequential artistic career. They were put together in partnership with the family of the … Read more

The Joyful Return of a Trans Icon and Electronic Music Pioneer

In “Ever New,” electronic artist Beverly Glenn-Copeland greets the coming of new life over lush, ambient soundscapes. The opening track to his 1986 album Keyboard Fantasies parallels the changing seasons with birth and death, evoking the cycles of renewal that defines the natural world: Welcome the spring, the summer rain, Softly turned to sing again. … Read more