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We Want Miles: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Miles Davis

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents “We Want Miles” – Miles Davis vs. Jazz. The museum describes the exhibition as a “multimedia retrospective” of the Jazz icon which recalls the highlights of his life and career. It will include musical excerpts, film and documentary clips, drawings by Miles Davis; paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mati Klarwein; photographs by Annie Leibovitz and Irving Penn. There will also be costumes, musical instruments and scores lent by the Davis family.

The exhibition, which ran in France last year, is divided into eight thematic and chronological periods, covering the life and work of Miles Davis and highlighting his influence on other art forms.

Josephine Baker Painting by Miles DavisJosephine Baker Painting by Miles Davis


According to All About Jazz, “At first a means to rehabilitate his hand after a stroke, drawing and painting became a daily activity for Davis in the 1980s with select works appearing on his album covers and on stage at concerts.”

The exhibition runs from April 30 to August 29, 2010.

For more information about Miles Davis and his artwork visit: The Official Miles Davis Website

See the Pop Life Art homepage for links to more musicians that paint.

Related blog entry: Miles Davis Art Exhibition in London (October 28, 2010)

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