CULTURE & ARTS
09/19/2012 01:13 pm ET Updated Sep 20, 2012

Kanye West's Best Art-Related Tweets And Quotes (SLIDESHOW)

This film image released by the Toronto International Film Festival shows Kanye West in a scene from the Spike Lee documentar
This film image released by the Toronto International Film Festival shows Kanye West in a scene from the Spike Lee documentary "Bad 25." Lee’s documentary “Bad 25” is playing the festival, marking the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad.” The film features footage shot by Jackson himself along with interviews with such stars and music producers as Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow and L.A. Reid. (AP Photo/Toronto International Film Festival)

This week, Kanye West released the long awaited G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer. While it hasn't received raving reviews thus far, we are going to keep it positive and celebrate one of our favorite things about Mr. West: his proclivity toward namedropping art figures and movements.

Whether comparing his stubbornness to Vincent Van Gogh's or tweeting inspirational Picasso quotes, West always seems to have art on the brain. The rap giant's soft spot for beauty and value makes his art fetish understandable -- yet his classical tastes with lewd undertones never cease to surprise us.

Kanye is far from the only hip hop artist to reference artists in his lyrics: Rick Ross has a thing for Basquiat, Swizz Beats salutes Keith Haring and Drake shows Warhol some love here.

Enjoy our favorite art moments from Mr. West below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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