Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Kanye West Treated Louise Bourgeois Painting Like a Rap Sample, And Now His Album Has a Different Cover


No one really knows if Kanye West’s “Donda” album will come out on August 6th. Or Ever.

But whenever or if ever “Donda” arrives, it won’t have the cover that Kanye was touting last week.

Leading up to the crazy “Donda” listening session in Atlanta at Mercedes Benz Stadium, Kanye was using the cropped photo of painting by the famed artist Louise Bourgeois. The painting is alternately described as a red woman’s bust or head, or some kind of fertility doll. Described as a “carmine red wet-on-wet gouache of a female form with the proportions of a fertility idol,” the picture was created in 2007.

The only problem is that Kanye treated the painting as if it were a hip hop sample: take it, use it on your record and wait til the copyright holder comes calling.

Unfortunately, the artist’s estate, I am told, was not pleased. And they didn’t want the painting on the cover of “Donda.” Eagle eyed “Donda” watchers have noticed the Bourgeois image has vanished from the promotion. In its place is a photograph of Kanye’s late mom, Donda West, when she was a little girl. Posters and billboards have gone up in Los Angeles with Donda’s black and white photo. Bourgeois is safe from being involved in the Donda debacle.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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