Exhibition Celebrates Bob Dylan’s Prowess as a Visual Artist

“Emmet Street,” 2020. Acrylic on canvas.

Most of us know Bob Dylan for his iconic music. The lyrics to songs like Blowin’ in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone, and Knocking on Heaven’s Door read like poetry. But a new exhibition at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum shows a new side of his artistry. Bob Dylan: Retrospectum is a deep dive into Bob Dylan as a visual artist, with nearly 200 paintings, drawings, and ironwork sculptures on display.

The exhibition debuted in Shanghai in 2019 and is, according to FIU, “the most expansive and in-depth exhibition of Bob Dylan’s artwork seen on U.S. soil.” The American opening of the exhibition also features something special. Among the artwork on display is Dylan’s new series of paintings, Deep Focus. On view for the first time, these paintings see the artist selecting scenes from films and transforming them into pieces of art.

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