Power couple Jay Z and Beyonce, over the weekend, attended the ‘JRRNNYS’ exhibition by Ghanaian artist Derek Fordjour.
On Saturday, February 16, the couple visited the Night Gallery, Los Angeles, United States of America to view the latest works of Fordjour, once referred to as ‘The Jay Z of The Art world’ in a FORBES feature article.
The exhibition started on February 2, and will end on March 2, 2019.
Fordjour was born to Ghanaian parents in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America. He is an interdisciplinary artist who works in video/film, sculpture and painting.
He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Harvard University and an MFA in painting at Hunter College.
Fordjour is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Sotheby’s S2 Gallery, New York; Josh Lilley Gallery, London; BAM, Brooklyn; Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami; Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles; and Galleria Monica DeCardenas, Switzerland.
He was recently a resident of the 2017 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in New York City and awarded the 2018 Deutsche Bank NYFA Fellowship Award.
In September 2018, the Whitney Museum presented a public billboard installation by the artist as part of the museum’s Out of the Box programming.
Fordjour was awarded 2016 Sugarhill Museum Artist-in-Residence, 2017 C12 Emerging Artist Award, the 2017 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in New York City, and the NYSCA/NYFA Prize in 2018.
His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic and Brooklyn Rail. He has also been featured in several publications including Forbes Magazine, ESPN’s The Undefeated and VICE Creators.
Fordjour frequently serves as a Visiting Critic and Lecturer, most recently at Yale University School of Art and The Cooper Union.
His work also appears in several collections throughout the US and Europe including JP Morgan Chase collection and Dallas Museum of Art.