MIAMI (AP) – Bob Dylan has been telling stories through songs for 60 years. But recently America’s top songwriter has also captured moments in a new series of paintings that, like his songs, are intimate and a bit mysterious.
The most complete exhibition of the fine arts of the Nobel laureate to be held in the United States, will be presented on Tuesday in Miami at the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum. Forty new works by the 80-year-old songwriter will be presented for the first time.
The exhibition, which will feature over 180 acrylics, watercolors, drawings and metal sculptures, will open the same week as Art Basel Miami Beach. and will run until April 17, with no future stops announced yet. Tickets cost $ 16 and are ordered by the hour.
Retrospectrum includes some of Dylan’s 1960s work, starting with the pencil sketches he made from songs such as Highway 61 Revisited and Like a Rolling Stone. His works, taken from private collections around the world, also include abstract sketches from the 1970s and occupy six large rooms. But the vast majority have been created over the past 15 years.
“He was recognized in every possible way as a writer, as a composer, as a singer, as a performer and so on. Now the audience is seeing the last element, ”said Shai Beitel, who conceived the show as artistic director of the Shanghai Museum of Modern Art, where he made his debut. “Dylan can express himself in different ways.”
A breathtaking giant canvas depicting a sunset in Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona line serves as an introduction to Dylan’s newest work. He mentioned his admiration for Western filmmaker John Ford, who has used the same iconic landscape in many of his films.
Behind a wall painted with reddish hills is a room with a new series called Deep Focus, named after a technique in cinematography where nothing is blurred.
“All of these images are taken from films. They try to highlight the various difficulties people are in, ”Dylan is quoted as saying on one of the walls. “Dreams and plans are the same – life approaches you in all its forms and forms.
Dylan offers a lot of city life like Ashcan School artists performed when they depicted realistic depictions of the deprivation of people at the turn of the 20th century.
In a picturesque club, a jazz band is playing on one of the pictures; gray-haired man counts wads of cash in another. It depicts two men fighting a boxing match and a woman sitting alone in a bar drinking and smoking with an intriguing expression.
Linking images of Dylan’s latest work to specific films will require some online investigation.
Richard F. Thomas is a Harvard University classic who studied and wrote about Dylan. In an essay for the exhibition, he said he found links on the Internet to one of the paintings depicting a man in a black leather jacket pouring sugar into his coffee, and a scene in a diner in the 1981 film The Unloved, in which actor Willem Dafoe impersonates a biker. …
Thomas found a scene from the 1971 movie Shaft where actor Richard Roundtree ordered street food in Times Square. Other new work features cowboys, men in T-shirts and barber sticks – another repeating object that Dylan used.
“Just like the scenes he’s been creating in songs over the years, scenes from Deep Focus will keep Dylan’s scientists busy for years to come,” Thomas wrote.
In addition to works from his new series, other works that will be shown in Miami have previously exhibited at places such as the Halcyon Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Previous paintings reflect the images of America from the perspective of a traveler. Realistic depictions of canteens, motels, tents, gas stations and train tracks often appear in his work.
“It almost looks like a brochure with his memories,” said Beitel, artistic director.
Dylan also experimented with perspective, apparently imitating Vincent Van Gogh’s work in The Bedroom, painting the corners of a New York apartment. And he made variations, drawing the same characters, changing the background color and their clothes, or simply portraying them at different times of the day, as in the series “Rouen Cathedral” by Claude Monet.
There are several interactive displays for music lovers at the exhibition. 64 cards with lyrics from the lyrics to “Subterintage Homesick Blues”, which he flipped through one of the earliest music videos ever filmed, were framed and lined up in eight columns of eight lines as the clip plays. cyclically.
It is not yet clear if Dylan, who is currently touring for his 39th album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways”, will be arriving.
Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Art, said it would be the first ticket-free event since the museum opened in 2008. Florida International University will host a Dylan symposium inviting scholars to discuss all of the songwriter’s work. …
“This is the treatment we’re going to do with Bob Dylan,” Pomeroy said.