No­bel lau­re­ate Bob Dy­lan’s art­work in ma­jor Lon­don show

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LIFE - By Gre­gory Katz

The tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter for the open­ing of “The Beaten Path,” a ma­jor ex­hibit of Bob Dy­lan’s art­works at the Hal­cyon Gallery on Lon­don’s pricey New Bond Street.

World­wide in­ter­est in the vet­eran Amer­i­can troubadour has soared af­ter his sur­pris­ing choice as this year’s win­ner of the No­bel Prize in lit­er­a­ture and the show is one of the most ex­ten­sive dis­plays ever mounted of his draw­ings, wa­ter­col­ors, acrylics and iron­works.

The 75-year-old singer has said he will ac­cept the No­bel in person in Stock­holm if he can fit it into his de­mand­ing tour sched­ule — and the gallery hopes he will stop off in Lon­don to visit the show.

“He ob­vi­ously comes when­ever he de­cides,” said gallery pres­i­dent Paul Green, who knows it would be fruit­less to press the elu­sive Dy­lan for a cer­tain date. “We don’t know whether he will come. We hope he will. He’s been deeply in­volved in every as­pect of this ex­hi­bi­tion.”

The ex­ten­sive ex­hibit re­flects grow­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Dy­lan’s art, which has been fea­tured in gallery and mu­seum shows in a num­ber of coun­tries in re­cent years.

The paint­ings at the Lon­don gallery re­flect Dy­lan’s nearly con­stant trav­els through­out the United States on the “never end­ing tour” that has con­sumed the last two decades of his life. The choice of sub­ject mat­ter re­flects a deep affin­ity for the Amer­i­can scene, an abid­ing af­fec­tion for its cu­ri­ous road­side at­trac­tions and re­spect for its in­dus­trial might.

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