Bob Dylan: The New Orleans Series on view in NOMA’s Great Hall
April 22-July 31, 2016
NEW ORLEANS, LA- Bob Dylan: The New Orleans Series is a collection of paintings by artist, singer and songwriter Bob Dylan. In this series of paintings, Bob Dylan presents a distinctive vision of New Orleans, a city for which he has well known affection. As a musician, Dylan has been long inspired by New Orleans and it has proved to be his muse once again as a painter. In the first volume of his autobiography, Chronicles, he wrote, "There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better. There's a thousand different angles at any moment...No action seems inappropriate here. The city is one very long poem."
“We are delighted to share this series of Bob Dylan’s paintings in a city that loves both visual art and music just in time for festival season!” said Susan M. Taylor, The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director.
Dylan explores this fluidity and mystery of New Orleans throughout his works by painting traditional views of French Quarter courtyards and alleyways, as well as capturing moments in the private and public lives of New Orleans's inhabitants. A timelessness is suggested throughout these images in their subdued palette and the ambiguous mode of dress of his figures. Dylan pays homage to the birthplace of jazz by conveying a sense of theatricality in both the compositions and his choice of figure subjects—ministers, singers, barbers and performers, with both the viewer and viewed carefully defined. The images are both raw and intimate and yet maintain an impassive distance from the audience.
Known as one of America’s greatest songwriters and composers, Dylan has had a long involvement in the art world. Between 1989 and 1992 while traveling the world on tour, Dylan created over ninety sketches. In 1994, these portraits, interiors, landscapes, still lifes, nudes, and street scenes were published in a book titled Drawn Blank. Bob Dylan used these drawings to create his first series of paintings, also entitled Drawn Blank which were presented at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in Chemnitz, Germany. After the Drawn Blank series, some of the major exhibitions of Dylan's work include:The Halcyon Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) and The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, in Copenhagan, Denmark and Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy. In the United States, he’s presented at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and Gagosian Gallery in New York City. These exhibitions include The Brazil Series, Asia Series, Revisionist Art: Thirty Works by Bob Dylan, Face Value, Mood Swings, and Revisionist Art. Dylan’s art, musical or visual, consistently emphasizes renewal and reinvention, each a manifestation of the artist’s complex interests and need for new forms of expression.
Bob Dylan: New Orleans will be on view in NOMA's Great Hall from April 22 to July 31, 2016.
About NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses nearly 40,000 art objects encompassing 5,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing special exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjoining Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by over 60 artists, including several of the 20th century’s master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma.org. Wednesdays are free admission days for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. (May not include special exhibitions.) Teenagers (ages 13-19) receive free admission every day through the end of the year, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.