In preparation for her upcoming album release, on the 27th of this August, Halsey unveils artwork for her upcoming album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, through a creative display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After penning each song herself, she recorded what is said to be the career-defining album with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross–known for their work in Nine Inch Nails and as Oscar, Golden Globe, and GRAMMY®-winning film/television composers–names which incite more excitement and anticipation as the date for its release grows more near.
In the 13-minute-long unveiling, Halsey sets the mood in eery silence, barefooted and draped in an elegant orange mid-evil gown. As she strides through the halls of the famed museum, she gazes at its beauty, stopping to look at the work that portrays a woman, calm and poised, holding her child. Among these paintings is the Virgin and Child Enthroned, a piece of work which’s description is panned over and states the following, as can be found on the MET.
“Exchanging affectionate glances with her squirming son, the Virgin Mary has a crown and blue halo designating her as Queen of Heaven. As a descendant of the Hebrew King David, she is shown seated on a low throne (the biblical Throne of Solomon) set within an elaborate architectural construction (the Porch of Judgment). Combining the courtly elegance of French painting and the spatial innovations of Italian art, this exquisite picture exemplifies the heights attained under Charles IV (1316–1378), Holy Roman Emperor from 1355. He made Prague his capital and transformed it into a center of European culture.”
The Metropolotan Museum; The Virgin and Child Enthroned
As she enters the room of her grande reveal, she stands still before it at first, but unlike with the other pieces of work, once she pulls the curtain down, she doesn’t take a second to look gaze upon it, just simply takes the curtain and walks on out of view of the camera.
The creative reveal of the album artwork acts as a piece of art on its own, leaving room for each individual to interpret whatever they please from the project and its meaning paired with the title If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. Even though many could guess from Halsey’s previous works and public knowledge of her, one thing is for certain; this album couldn’t come soon enough.
Pre-order If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power here, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 27th, 2021.