At a private Wednesday night viewing, Rihanna and contemporary artist Roy Nachum transformed L.A.'s MAMA Gallery into the RiRi Gallery. The crowd? A smattering of fans and press. The art? The front and back of the singer's next album cover, which depicts a young RiRi holding a balloon, a gold crown shielding her eyes. "This is my favorite album cover I've ever done," Rihanna said, according to Billboard, which adds that the imagery is supposed to be a statement on vision and vision impairment. The work of poet Chloe Mitchell is also reportedly drizzled in Braille atop the entire piece. Added the pop star: "Sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest."
The album, Rihanna's eighth studio release, will be titled Anti, which, as a placard inside noted, is a "person opposed to a particular policy, activity, or idea."
Here's its front:
And its back:
Unfortunately, Rihanna left the event without giving anybody a clue as to when the album would actually be available. But since it's 2015, best to just be prepared for whenever. (Or forget all about this and be surprised. Whichever.)