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Art Mon Jul 05 2010

Kanye West and the Power of Art


Kanye West has always shown a keen interest in art, having tapped Takashi Murakami to do the artwork for his 2007 album, Graduation, and the late Ernie Barnes for the painting A Life Restored, a definitive piece about his near-fatal car accident in 2002. The rapper has now added a new artist to the list, having commissioned painter George Condo for the artwork for his latest single, "Power," from his forthcoming album, Good A** Job.

There are currently two paintings by Condo to promote West's new music, however, one, in particular, is getting a lot of attention.


The painting shows [presumably] West's crowned, bloodied, decapitated head lying on its side--but what does it all mean? In "Kanye West's world," no one can ever really be sure. However, one thing is for certain: West knows how to grab attention and how to keep us all guessing.

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Stephanie! / July 7, 2010 1:14 PM

Nice piece, LaShawn! While I'm no fan of Kanye's music, it's nice to see a dimension other than his temper-tantrum antics.

Eff Dawurld / November 19, 2010 5:07 PM

Hip hop generation portrayed in a contemptuous light.Whats new these days?
Cheap shots at hip hop and the people who created the culture.Why not just paint a whole bunch of monkeys in a cage jumping up and down for bananas on a string. Then portray the depraved individuals taking pleasure from that in the most contemptuous light possible. After that the very despicable hands that painted all this all the while referencing the crappy conventions used to it. But I guess I better not give anyone any ideas.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

By Steve Prokopy

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