“Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank,” curated by Ingrid Mössinger, Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, Germany. Through Feb. 3.
Kate Connolly reports in The Guardian: “The critical response has, so far, been positive. Some critics have even gone as far as to compare Dylan to Munch and Matisse, as well as to the German expressionists Max Beckmann and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, for his dark lines and bold colours. Edward Hopper has also been cited in the way in which it is the objects for the paintings that speak – the ships, bicycles, train tracks and bulbous TV screens – rather than the people, who are often portrayed as silent and anonymous, like the formless Guitar Player. ‘The pictures that are on show would also be worth viewing even if Bob Dylan had never sung a note or written a line of poetry,’ declared Burkhard Müller, art critic for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, in a swift riposte to those who might say that it is only because the artist is Bob Dylan that people are paying any attention.” Read more. Munch and Matisse, as well as to the German expressionists Max Beckmann and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner? See for yourself. Here’s a link to images of the paintings. Also check out a podcast that interweaves Dylan’s songs with tedious interviews. (Hey, wait a minute, I thought the paintings stood up on their own?)