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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TK / 1962
From The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

            Yet one standard product of the scientific enterprise is missing. Normal science does not aim at novelties of fact or theory and, when successful, finds none. New and unsuspected phenomena are, however, repeatedly uncovered by scientific research, and radical new theories have again and again been invented by scientists.
            The practice of normal science depends on the ability, acquired from exemplars, to group objects and situations into similarity sets which are primitive in the sense that the grouping is done without an answer to the question, “Similar with respect to what?” One central aspect of any revolution is, then, that some of the similarity relations change. Objects that were grouped in the same set before are grouped in different ones afterward and vice versa. Think of the sun, moon, Mars, and earth before and after Copernicus; of free fall, pendular, and planetary motion before and after Galileo; or of salts, alloys, and a sulpuhur-iron filing mix before and after Dalton.