Who is behind the artwork of Kanye West’s upcoming album, Donda? West premiered his tenth album, Donda, on Thursday, 22 July. The album’s cover art surfaced earlier this month and features a Louise Bourgeois painting. Read on to explore the symbolism behind West’s Donda album cover, and to learn about the French-American artist.
Kanye West drops Donda
Kanye West premiered his tenth album, Donda, on Thursday, 22 July, at an event broadcast live from Atlanta.
The massive listening party took place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and was attended by around 42,000 fans, who paid between $20-$100 per ticket.
In typical Kanye fashion, he reportedly turned up at 9.50pm EST, after the scheduled launch time of 8pm.
The album, which is supposed to be released on Friday, 23 July, features a collaboration with JAY-Z – their first one since 2016, when they appeared together on Drake’s song Pop Style.
According to Pitchfork, Pop Smoke, Travis Scott, Pusha T, Baby Keem, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and more also appear on the album.
The event, which streamed live on Apple Music, has now ended.
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As the album played, Kanye performed at the centre of the stadium without a mic.
West apparently said nothing during the 48 minutes he spent roaming the stadium floor.
Kanye x Louise Bourgeois cover art
Kanye West’s newest studio album is named after his late mother, Donda West, who died unexpectedly in 2007 while recovering from multiple cosmetic surgeries. West, apparently, is still coming to terms with the tragic loss of his mother at the age of 58.
The album’s cover art surfaced on Monday, 19 July and features a painting by the late French-born artist Louise Bourgeois (who passed away in 2010 at the age of 98).
Bourgeois, like Kanye, took a lot of inspiration in her art from her mother, who died when the artist was just 20 years old.
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According to Hip Hop DX, Donda will serve as Kanye West’s follow-up to 2019’s Jesus Is King.
Who was Louise Bourgeois?
Louise Joséphine Bourgeois was a French-American artist.
Born on 25 December 1911, Bourgeois is best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, as well as her prolific painting and prints.
According to the Tate, Bourgeois explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career, including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the unconscious.
These themes connect to events from her childhood, and she considered art-making to be a therapeutic process.
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Bourgeois continued to create artwork until her death of heart failure on 31 May 2010, her last pieces being finished the week before.