With plenty of time ahead of the now rumored November 16 release date, here are five contemporary artists who'd make Kanye a killer album cover.
Marina Abramovic: Kanye West's entire life increasingly resembles one long performance art piece, so why not tap the performance art pioneer for a cover pose (which could then be re-enacted on tour)?
Cindy Sherman: Given the elaborate self-conscious parodies of himself that Kanye occasionally pulls off, and the straight-up Sherman-esque "Flashing Lights" video, this would almost be too obvious.
Jeff Koons: Given the Murakami collabo, the other huge Pop art star seems a logical choice. And a giant, shiny, inflated Kanye West head is obviously an appealing pun.
Chuck Close: The Clinton portraitist's hyperreal style surely appeals to the similarly obsessive perfectionist Kanye. May not be sufficiently stylized enough for him though. How about another presidential picture-maker...
Shepard Fairey: Could be a little too rough-hewn for Kanye, a fan of sleek, clean lines, but nevertheless, the automatic Obama analogies would surely appeal. Still, Abramovic, Koons and Sherman seem the most appropriate picks given the album's gloomy title. We'll just have to wait and see.