Bob Dylan makes New York art gallery debut

Updated: 2014-05-16 07:16

By Agence France-Presse in New York (China Daily)

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Legendary musician Bob Dylan has made his New York art gallery debut with an exhibition of 40 drawings, limited editions and paintings on sale for $2,500 to $400,000 each.

The artwork comes from the Drawn Blank Series of sketches done by Dylan between 1989 and 1992, for example of a railroad track, a woman's back and a still life.

Black-and-white versions of the sketches were first published in the book Drawn Blank in 1994, which won critical acclaim.

The collection of prints, water-colors and acrylic paintings were shown in Germany in 2007, but the New York exhibition will be the first time the drawings are exhibited in the United States.

The exhibition includes several originals, but also limited edition prints. A portion of proceeds will go toward leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

It was a museum in Germany that first approached him with the idea of enlarging and adding color to his sketches.

Dylan, who turns 73 on May 24, worked on the paintings for eight months, says Mickey Ross, owner of the Ross Art Group gallery on Madison Avenue in New York.

The same sketch has often been reproduced in different colors, such as the back portrait of a woman wearing a green, pink or blue dress.

The titles are simple, without any explanation.

"It is very important to Bob Dylan. He doesn't dictate what the viewers must take away, "says Ross.

 Bob Dylan makes New York art gallery debut

A print of Side Tracks by Bob Dylan is displayed at the Ross Art Group gallery in New York. The exhibition marks the first time this series of Bob Dylan's artwork has been shown in the United States. Stan Honda / AFP

(China Daily 05/16/2014 page20)