He has spanned five decades as one of the world's most loved singer-songwriters, and he's still going strong. But as if that wasn't enough, Bob Dylan, the musician, poet, and living legend has confirmed that he is further extending his record as the ultimate artist, by putting some of his own pictures on display.
It emerged last night that Dylan has produced more than 200 sketches and watercolours over the years, which will go on show in October at the Kunstsammlungen art museum in Chemnitz, Germany. The collection, entitled The Drawn Blank Series, will hang in an exhibition alongside works by various European masters, including Picasso
It wasn't immediately clear what the pictures will portray. But some are said to be notable for their vibrant colours. The description reflects Dylan's extraordinary array of music over the years, earning him the name-tag Voice of a Generation.
Dylan has talked before of his love of artworks, characteristically emphasising that they should be popularised: "Paintings should be on the walls of restaurants, in dime stores, in gas stations, in men's rooms," he said in a wide-ranging interview after being booed over going electric. "Great paintings should be where people hang out. The only thing where it's happening is on radio and records, that's where people hang out." But news of the impending exhibition shows that times have changed for Dylan, too. He added: "Great paintings shouldn't be in museums. Have you ever been in a museum? Museums are cemeteries... You can't see great paintings. You pay half a million and hang one in your house and one guest sees it. That's not art. That's a shame, a crime. Music is the only thing that's in tune with what's happening." (via Independent)
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