Bob Dylan Art Gallery opens in Miami, new cinematic paintings

Miami (Associated Press) — Bob Dylan has been telling stories through songs for 60 years. But recently, America’s leading songwriter has also captured moments in a new series of paintings that, just like his songs, are somewhat intimate and mysterious.

The most comprehensive exhibition of the visual art of the Nobel Prize winner scheduled in the United States is on display on Tuesday in Miami at Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Art. Forty new pieces from the 80-year-old songwriter will be shown for the first time.

The exhibition of more than 180 acrylics, watercolors, drawings and iron sculptures will start in the same week Art Basel Miami Beach It will run until April 17 with no future stops announced yet. Tickets are $16 and are booked by the hour.

“Retrospectrum” includes some of Dylan’s work from the 1960s, starting with pencil sketches he made for songs like “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” His pieces, loaned from private collections around the world, also include abstract sketches from the 1970s, and cover six large rooms. But the vast majority were created in the past fifteen years.

“He has been recognized in every possible way as a writer, composer, singer, artist, etc. Now the audience sees the last element too,” Shay Bettel, who conceived the show as artistic director of the Shanghai Museum of Modern Art, where it debuted, said. expressing himself in many ways.

A giant, breathtaking painting of a sunset in Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona Line serves as a prelude to Dylan’s latest work. He has mentioned his admiration for Western film director John Ford, who used the same iconic scene in many of his films.

Behind the wall with the red stern painted is a room with a new series called Deep Focus, named after a technique in cinematography where nothing is blurred.

All of these pictures come from the movies. Dylan was quoted as saying on one of the walls. “Dreams and schemes are the same – life comes to you in all its shapes and forms.

Dylan offers plenty of city life on the road Ashkan School Artists defended themselves when they depicted realistic portraits of people’s hardships at the turn of the 20th century.

A jazz band playing in a colorful club in one of the paintings. The gray-haired guy counts cash in another. It depicts two men fighting in a boxing match and it depicts a woman sitting alone in a bar drinking and smoking with an interesting look on her face.

Linking pictures of Dylan’s latest work to certain movies would take some internet sleuthing.

Richard F. Thomas is a classic writer at Harvard University who has studied and written about Dylan. In an article for the gallery, he said he found references online linking a painting showing a man in a black leather jacket pouring sugar on his coffee to a dinner scene in the 1981 movie “The Loveless,” where actor Willem Dafoe portrays a biker.

Thomas found a scene from the 1971 movie Shaft with actor Richard Roundtree ordering street food in Times Square. Other new works show cowboys and men in undershirts and barbershops, another frequent object used by Dylan.

“Just like the scenes he’s been composing in songs all these years, the ‘Deep Focus’ scenes will preoccupy Dylan scholars in the years to come,” Thomas wrote.

Besides works in his new series, other works have previously been shown in Miami at venues such as the Halcyon Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Previous paintings reflect images of America from the perspective of a road traveler. Realistic portraits of pioneers, motels, marquees, gas stations, and railroad tracks appear frequently in all of his artwork.

“It’s like looking at a pamphlet of his memories,” Bettel, the technical director, said.

Dylan also experimented with perspective, seeming to imitate Vincent van Gogh’s “Bedroom” work painting the corners of a New York City apartment. He made changes by painting the same characters by changing the color of the backgrounds and their clothes, or simply photographing them at a different time of the day, like Claude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series.

The gallery contains some interactive shows for music lovers. The 64 cards with lyrics from “Subterranean Homesick Blues” he flipped over in one of the earliest music videos ever created are framed in eight columns by eight rows, while the clip plays in a loop.

It is not yet clear if Dylan, who is currently on tour for his 39th album “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” will make a visit.

This will be the first event to be recorded since the museum first opened in 2008, said Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Art. Florida International University will hold a Symposium on Dylan inviting scholars to discuss the songwriter’s entire body of work.

“This is the treatment we would give Bob Dylan,” Pomeroy said.

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