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01/10/2011 03:41 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kanye West Wanted 'My Dark Twisted Fantasy' Album Cover To Get Banned, Says Painter

It was all an act: Kanye West complained in October that the cover of his new album, 'My Dark Twisted Fantasy,' was banned (something that was publicly made never official), but it turns out, the controversy was exactly what he wanted.

West's album's controversial cover art, which featured a painting of West having sex with a phoenix and drinking, was painted by artist George Condo, who told The New Yorker that West specifically ordered controversy.

Having seen Condon's paintings, Kanye selected the painter to do the artwork, and as Condo explains it, he wanted, "something that will be banned."

In October, West angrily tweeted about the "banning," saying:

In the 70s album covers had actual nudity... It's so funny that people forget that... Everything has been so commercialized now.

I know that cover just blew yall minds ... I wish yall could see how hard I'm smiling right now!!!
In all honesty ... I really don't be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!

I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.

So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can't have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.