Tuesday, January 11, 2011


According to an article in New Yorker magazine, Ye requested cover images from artist Condo that were likely to get banned. I love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and much of Kanye's other work, but publicity stunts like this make his self-assigned "media martyrdom" seem even more forced than it already appeared.

Read the full article in The New Yorker and catch the excerpt below.
“A couple of weeks before my first visit to Condo’s studio, Kanye West, the rapper, asked him to do a painting for the cover of his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. West said that he had seen paintings by Condo, and wanted to collaborate with him. According to Condo, he also said that he was looking for “something that will be banned.”

“West came to Condo’s studio, where for several hours they listened to tapes of his music, and over the next few days Condo made eight or nine paintings. Two of them were portraits of West, one in extreme closeup, with mismatched eyes and four sets of teeth. Another showed his head, crowned and decapitated, placed sideways on a white slab, impaled by a sword. There was also a painting of a dyspeptic ballerina in a black tutu, a painting of the crown and the sword by themselves in a grassy landscape, and a lurid scene of a naked black man on a bed, straddled by a naked white female creature with fearsome features, wings, no arms, and a long, spotted tail. West chose that one.”
First spotted @ The Smoking Section.
Peace.
-Mike-

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