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Kanye West Headlining Watermill Center Gala

So everyone is Pablo-ly going to go nuts over this. Kanye West is set to headline Robert Wilson‘s Watermill Center annual summer gala, FADA: House of Madness, next Saturday, July 30. The surprising, last-minute announcement to the lineup comes just over a week before the center’s 23rd summer benefit, and may help answer the question of why the outspoken rapper and his protege Desiigner were in the Hamptons on July 11.

The outspoken rapper will be collaborating with Wilson on an installation piece for the event. The gala will also feature performances by singer-songwriter Anohni, Russian punk-rock protest group Pussy Riot, and Bruce High Quality Foundation, an arts collective. No word on whether West’s famous bride, Kim Kardashian West will also attend, though she, too, recently visited the Hamptons.

Each year, the gala attracts a long list of famous artists, designers, actors and musicians, including Lady Gaga, Roger Waters, Rufus WainwrightBrooke ShieldsJohn VarvatosMarina Abramovic, Donna Karan, Cindy Sherman, Lou Reed, Lori Anderson, Alan Cumming and Nicole Miller, to name just a few.

West recently his seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, on Valentine’s Day this year. The album claimed to be a huge success, having over 99 million streams in its release week and hitting number one on US Billboard 200 shortly after. The Life of Pablo also received great critical reception, earning a 75 percent out of 100 on Metacritic.

West’s performance at the Watermill Center’s gala will take place less than a month before his national tour, The Saint Pablo Tour, which is expected to hit more than 30 different venues in cities across the nation, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The tour was preceded by Kanye’s 2013-2014 tour, The Yeezus Tour, reaching cities across the United States and Australia.

The Watermill Center opened to the public 10 years ago, in 2006, as a space for collectives and individual artists to create and develop their works. As the years passed, the center expanded, creating a 10,000-square-foot artist residency space. Additionally, according to The New York Times, the center plans on creating black-box theater, gallery, and a space for a library and storage for its 5,000-object collection. The center also offers special performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

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