I Like It Like This S|2 x Drake

Contemporary black culture in America is a fluid amalgamation of reciprocal influences: fine art overlaps with music, music overlaps with literature, literature overlaps with dance and beyond. Music has been an essential component of expressing the black American experience dating back centuries, reaching a creative crescendo with the birth of Jazz in the 1920s, a period famously influential to contemporary artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat who used musical motifs throughout his oeuvre.

Today, musicians rap about painters and commission artists to design their album covers; in the same vein artists look to music as inspiration for their paintings. Influences flow in both directions to create a fertile creative environment, producing some of the most resonant and profound artistic output in American history.
I Like It Like This, presented by S|2 in collaboration with Drake is a celebration of influential Contemporary black American artists. Grammy winning hip hop icon Drake has provided musical curation by selecting songs to accompany highlighted works in the exhibition. Listen to Drake’s song selections at Beats by Dre™ sound stations throughout the gallery and experience the dialogue surrounding the overlap of these identities and the ways in which they bolster, challenge and inspire one another.
Artists Featured:
Terry Adkins
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Romare Bearden
Mark Bradford
Nick Cave
Renée Cox
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Derek Fordjour
Theaster Gates
David Hammons
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Barkley L Hendricks
Rashid Johnson
Samuel Levi Jones
Jacob Lawrence
Tony Lewis
Glenn Ligon
Wangechi Mutu
John Outterbridge
Adam Pendleton
William Pope.L
Faith Ringgold
Betye Saar
Gary Simmons
Lorna Simpson
Jeff Sonhouse
Henry Taylor
Mickalene Thomas
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems
Kehinde Wiley

S|2 is Sotheby’s Contemporary art gallery, offering year-round exhibition programming and bespoke private sales.

With dedicated gallery space in New York, London and Hong Kong, S|2 presents selling exhibitions exploring the work of celebrated artists, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Yayoi Kusama, and Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, as well as shows curated by influential art world figures like Vito Schnabel.

In addition to gallery programming, the S|2 team facilitates private acquisitions and sales around the world. Learn more at WWW.SOTHEBYS.COM/S2


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