Bob Dylan’s face values
An exhibition of Bob Dylan’s art is underway at London’s National Portrait Gallery – and an influential art historian says the works demonstrate all the storytelling power of the icon’s songs.
John Elderfield helped put Bob Dylan: Face Value together. It features 12 pieces made specifically for the show, which runs until January 5 next year with free entry.
It’s a departure for the gallery, which specialises in work inspired by British public life by working portrait artists – but Elderfield says it’s well worth it.
He comments: “The pieces are products of the same extraordinary, inventive imagination, the same mind and eye, by an artist for whom showing and telling – the temporal and the spatial, the verbal and the visual – are not easily separated.”
Gallery director Sandy Nairne agrees, saying: “Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. He has always created a highly visual world either with his words or music, or in paints and pastels.”
Bob Dylan: Face Value consists of works which aren’t of real people; instead the characters are created from the artist’s memory and imagination. He’s been drawing all his life and previously exhibited work in Germany, New York and Milan.
The display is accompanied by a hardback book featuring an essay by Elderfield. Find out more.
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