NYC museum displays Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys' prized art: A sneak glimpse

The public now has access to Alicia Keys' and Swizz Beatz's highly sought-after art collection.

Both partners were born and brought up in the Big Apple, and now their vast collection is on display at the Brooklyn Museum.

"Giants: Art from the Dean Collection" "presents a focused selection from the couple’s personal holdings, spotlighting works by Black diasporic artists," as stated by the Brooklyn Museum.

As far as the museum is concerned, the show features 98 significant pieces of art by Black American, African, and African diasporic artists, such as Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Esther Mahlangu, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald.

The "Giants" in the title of the show are the artists represented therein, which includes both well-known legends and up-and-coming figures who are making waves in the art world today. The "strong bonds" that bind the Deans to the artists they sponsor are also mentioned.

In a statement, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director Anne Pasternak spoke about how Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys have been strong supporters of Black artists and how Black creatives should back them up via partnerships, activism, and collecting. "In the process, they have created one of the most important collections of contemporary art."

More than 20 years ago, the Deans started collecting art with the intention of bolstering the careers of live artists, particularly those from marginalized communities. 

Their "shared passion for collecting, supporting, and building community among artists, particularly artists of color, is at the heart of the Dean Collection," according to the museum.