Rihanna reveals new album: ANTI



The wait is ova! R8 is here and it’s titled ANTI.

In a recent exhibition at the MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles, Rihanna and contemporary artist Roy Nachum have unveiled seven original oil paintings that will be used as the official artwork for her forthcoming eighth studio album titled ANTI.

“A person opposed to a particular policy, activity or idea.

In her collaboration with Roy Nachum, Rihanna has changed the history of album art. By continuing to follow her instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects.”

Included in these seven paintings is the album cover, which depicts a young girl with a gold crown covering her eyes, and a black balloon strung tightly to her wrist, painted in multiple, intersecting views.

The back cover features an oil painting of the same young girl seen from behind.  Both paintings are cleverly inscribed with sculpted Braille poetry by Chloe Mitchel that spreads between the front and the back cover of the album.

Additional paintings featured as inside album artwork include poetry sculpted in Braille by Roy Nachum.  This is the first time an album has ever incorporated physical Braille.  The Braille inscription will also allow people who are blind to experience an entire album by touch.

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 Full descriptions for paintings are listed below. More details and photos coming soon…

1. “IF THEY LET US”
Poster Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Convas
100 x 87 inches / 254 x 221 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.

It is simply because what I want to say,

what I need to say, won’t be heard.

Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.

What I choose to say is of so much substance

That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.

So my voice is not my weakness,

It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.

My voice is my suit and armor,

My shield, and all that I am.

I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.

I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.

The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom

That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.

I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.

So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.

If they let us…

2. “IF THEY LET US Part I”
Front Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.

It is simply because what I want to say,

what I need to say, won’t be heard.

Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.

What I choose to say is of so much substance

That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.

So my voice is not my weakness,

It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.

3. “IF THEY LET US Part II”
Back Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

My voice is my suit and armor,

My shield, and all that I am.

I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.

I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.

The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom

That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.

I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.

So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.

If they let us…

4. “FIRE Part I”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas
46 x 38 inches  117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

Falling fast backwards into deep water.

As my eyes opened I knew that I was naked.

Floating on the waters surface.

Alone with the reflections of myself.

5. “FIRE Part II”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas

46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

My face in deep shadows.

Dreams and ideas beyond limits.

The future is all I have to look forward to.

I turn myself inside out.

Only then am I whole.

6. “FIRE Part III”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas

46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

Clouds replace the sunlight.

Expanding into the darkness.

The shoreline covered with night.

Backward strokes,

Deep breaths, salt air.

7. “R‎”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil On Canvas
90 x 7o inches / 229 x 178 cm

More to come…

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3 Responses

  1. Bernard Walker says:

    Yeaa she left the jump date covered . Chilla chilla

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  2. Bernard Walker says:

    yeaa amazing . gold class heiress .

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  3. ALISON says:

    Love that pic of baby Riri on the album cover the balloon is a nice touch too.

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