Yasiin Bey and Free Richardson To Spotlight Underrepresented Artists in New Bronx Gallery
Yasiin Bey F.K.A. Mos Def, alongside advertising executive Free Richardson, is opening a gallery in the South Bronx next month called The Compound. Port Morris appears to be the location. It's a neighborhood that’s been rebranded as the “Piano District,” according to a report from artnet News. “There was no question on the location of The Compound Gallery in NYC,” says Richardson, citing the Bronx as the birthplace of hip-hop, an integral facet of the gallery’s identity.
According to an article from Hyperallergic, Richardson founded The Compound in 2008 as a creative marketing agency and space for artistic production across genres. The location hosted a recording studio utilized by hip-hop industry heavy hitters like Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys, Jadakiss, and of course, Mos Def.
“What often happens is that certain artists don’t get a fair chance, and a lot of galleries don’t accept certain artists. The whole blue-chip world isn’t fair because certain artists that are just as good will never be accepted," says Richardson.
Jonathan Mannion will be the first public show at The Compound, who is the photographer behind famous images of rappers such as Nas, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and Eminem throughout the ’90s.
Look for more about this in the future, we definitely plan on visiting.