First one man show at top New York gallery surprises music fans
The musician and poet Bob Dylan is clearly recognized as one of the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century. He has released over 45 albums and written over 500 songs including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and countless others. Selling over 110 million records around the world, his songs have been covered by more than 3,000 artists from Duke Ellington to The Rolling Stones, from Guns N’ Roses to Stevie Wonder. His artistic achievements have been recognized throughout the world. His accolades include Honorary Doctorates from Princeton and St. Andrews University, France’s Commandeur des Artes et Lettres, The Kennedy Center Honor, The National Medal of Arts, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award, numerous Grammy Awards, A Golden Globe and Academy Award. His most recent album, Together Through Life (2009) entered the charts at number one in America as well as many countries around the world. Little is known about Bob Dylan the artist although clearly he has mixed with artists from Warhol to Hirst for the last 5 decades. Although Bob Dylan is best known as a singer and songwriter, he is also an author, film director, actor, radio broadcaster and visual artist. His experimental collection of writings, Tarantula, was published in 1970 and his memoirs, Chronicles: Volume One – released in 2004 – became an international bestseller spending 19 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List. As a committed visual artist, Dylan has only recently begun to exhibit his works publicly. Firstly, a collection of multi-media watercolors and gouaches, The Drawn Blank Series, was exhibited in Germany’s Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in autumn 2007. His latest works on acrylic and canvas, The Brazil Series, are currently on exhibit at The National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. In 2008 Bob Dylan received a special Pulitzer Prize Citation, for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Now the Gagosian gallery in Manhattan is devoting a solo show to this great creator. The work speaks for its self.
The Asia Series
Sep 20 – Oct 22, 2011
Gagosian Madison Avenue