Bob Dylan’s paintings on exhibition

November 14th, 2007 - 8:29 am ICT by admin  
This is the first time when as many as 170 watercolour and pastel drawings, made by Dylan in his spare time for years, are on display.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a painting of a curvaceous woman viewed by Dylan from behind, while he was drinking in the Red Lion pub in Blackpool in 1992.

Dylan, who once put a childlike picture of his own on the cover of his appropriately named Self Portrait album of songs, was persuaded to mount his first show by Ingrid Mossinger, curator of the museum in the town that was known as Karl-Marx-Stadt when it was behind the iron curtain.

Mossinger saw pencil and charcoal drawings, made by Dylan for a book called Drawn Blank, during her visit to New York in the early Nineties. She approached him and asked him to finish the works.

Over the next eight months, Dylan made 320 artwork that included portraits, landscapes, and still lives.

Dylan took art classes in the Seventies with Norman Raeben, a teacher in New York city.

He, however, has not always been very keen on appearing in an exhibition.

“Great paintings should be where people hang out,” Time Online quoted him as saying in the Sixtees.

“Just think how many people would really feel great if they could see a Picasso in their daily diner. It’s not the bomb that has to go, man; it’s the museums,” he said.

The exhibition runs until February. (ANI)

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