When Jay-Z and Beyoncé were seen leaving an address in the Meatpacking District last week, there was buzz they were touring a house. But it turns out, they were eyeing art, not real estate.
The recording artist royals were at hot downtown gallery Fort Gansevoort, Page Six has exclusively learned, to preview a new show there by artist Sadie Barnette. The show officially opened Thursday, but we hear Jay-Z and Beyoncé got a private tour a night before.
Spies said they were at the gallery for about an hour. California artist Barnette’s new show is called, “Compland” — said to blend “the California cities of Compton and Oakland.” One of the pieces in the show includes a 500-page FBI surveillance dossier on Barnette’s dad, Rodney Barnette — who founded the Compton, Calif., chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968.
One of the pieces in the show that Jay-Z and Beyoncé privately toured is an installation that’s a glittering purple tribute to Prince.
On Jay-Z’s latest album, “4:44,” he defiantly raps, “I sat down with Prince, eye to eye / He told me his wishes before he died.” And of the estate’s executor, Londell McMillan, Jay-Z adds, “They only see green from them purple eyes.”