Now On View: Bob Dylan’s Pastel Artwork

Bob Dylan is known first and foremost as a musical genius, but singing and playing the guitar are not the only creative forms that takes up his time. Since Dylan was a child, he has been sketching and drawing, with his work first displayed six years ago in shows spanning Copenhagen, New York and Milan. Now the legend is displaying 12 pastel portraits, which have never been seen, at London’s National Portrait Gallery in an exhibition titled “Bob Dylan: Face Value.” Open through January 5, the portraits represent a combination of fictitious characters and people from the artist’s circle of acquaintances. John Elderfield, an art historian crucial in bringing this collection to London, said “[They are] products of the same extraordinary, inventive imagination, the same mind and eye, by the same storytelling artist, for whom showing and telling—the temporal and the spatial, the verbal and the visual—are not easily separated.” To see more, visit the National Portrait Gallery.

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