The Dean Collection

A family collection and cultural platform.

            The Dean Collection, founded by Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean and his wife Alicia Keys in 2014, is a contemporary family collection and cultural platform. The collection actively acquires and commissions work by visual artists such as Derrick Adams, Nina Chanel Abney, Jordan Casteel, Nick Cave, Arthur Jafa, KAWS, Deana Lawson, Ebony Patterson, Kehinde Wiley and many others. The collection also includes the largest privately-owned body of work by Gordon Parks. The platform organizes artist support initiatives such as the No Commission art and music festival and TDC 20 both designed to fund artists' practices and projects.  Dean sits on the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Museum, NY and Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries, London.

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Gordan Parks:
Selections From The Dean Collection

Cooper Gallery, Havard University
February 13 – April 13, 2019

A career-spanning exhibition of Gordon Parks photographs from the Dean Collection on view at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. Gordon Parks: Selections from the Dean Collection presents a selection of works from the collection of Kasseem Dean and Alicia Keys, who hold the largest private collection of works by Gordon Parks. Recognized as the most important African-American photographer of the 20th century, Parks represented his subjects from the rural poor and black families living under segregation to fashion models and prominent cultural and political figures with empathy and dignity, employing the arts to champion social change.

Sotheby’s Curated 

September 25th, 2018
New York, NY

Grammy-Award winning music producer and global entrepreneur, Kasseem Dean aka Swizz Beatz is famed for his music industry hits, but he is also an avid contemporary art collector. For Fall 2018, Swizz Beatz and the Dean Collection have lent their exce

Optional creative vision and passion for collecting art to select favorite works from the Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated auction. Their choices are an intriguing mix of established and emerging artists, prominently featuring works by African American and Latin American artists, with names from Kerry James Marshall and Richard Serra to Faith Ringgold and Shara Hughes