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Bob Dylan: Face Value at London’s National Portrait Gallery

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Twelve new pastel portraits by singer, songwriter Bob Dylan will be shown at National Portrait Gallery in London. Bob Dylan has sketched and drawn since his childhood but only began to exhibit his artwork six years ago.

The gallery says that, “Bob Dylan: Face Value is a side-step for the Gallery in that Dylan’s portraits are not of subjects from British public life, past or present, nor are they made by a working portrait artist. The portraits represent characters, with an amalgamation of features Dylan has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious.”

Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, says: “Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. He has always created a highly visual world either with his words or music, or in paints and pastels. I am delighted that we can now share these 12 sketches which were made for display at the National Portrait Gallery.”

The exhibition opens August 24, 2013 and continues through January 5, 2014. Contact the gallery for more information.

In conjunction with the exhibition, along with art historian John Elderfield, Dylan has published Bob Dylan: Face Value, a fully-illustrated hardcover book containing the images from the exhibition and an essay by Elderfield.

Also, later this month, Bob Dylan will release his latest album Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10. The music on the album is from the 1969 – 1971 recording sessions that ultimately produced the Self Portrait and New Morning albums. All 35 tracks are “previously unreleased, alternate takes, demos or live versions” of that material. The cover is a new self-portrait artwork by Bob Dylan, similar to the artwork on the cover of the original Self Portrait album.

Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait

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