Monday, June 09, 2008

Dylan’s new art show: your 10-second primer

1. Dylan’s new art show, The Drawn Blank Series, opens at London’s Halcyon Gallery on Saturday. I’ve just got back from the preview and will be reviewing it here tomorrow morning. Sneak preview: it’s magnificent. (And free.)

2. A smaller exhibition of Limited Edition prints also opens in London and at 40+ galleries nationwide, including Smart Gallery in Batley, West Yorks, and online, from Saturday. Previewed here on Wednesday.

3. The Halcyon Gallery catalogue is a striking coffee table hardback, priced at £39. Reviewed here on Thursday.

4. It’s different to the handsome Prestel book produced for the earlier Chemnitz show.

5. The artwork has been created from Dylan’s drawings originally published in a third book, Drawn Blank, published in 1994

6. The Times newspaper, heavily involved in promoting the London show, published a collectible 16pp supplement on Saturday.

7. The Times also published a collectible T2 section, complete with Dylan cover and wide-ranging interview, on Friday.

8. You probably already own a reproduction of a Dylan painting – the cover of Self Portrait.

9. And another – Planet Waves. And maybe a third - Music from The Big Pink.

10. If you’re a book collector, you’ll almost certainly have Dylan’s debut as a visual artist – Writings And Drawings, the first lyrics book.

The Dylan Daily will be focusing on Bob Dylan: Painter all week. Make sure you keep coming back.

Gerry Smith