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BOB DYLAN LIMITED EDITION GRAPHICS
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Bob Dylan is one of the most influential and, at times, controversial figures in the cultural landscape over the last five decades. During the last fifty years he has released forty-six albums and written over six hundred songs including ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,' 'Hurricane,' and ‘Make You Feel My Love’. Selling over 110 million records around the world, his songs have been covered more than five thousand times by artists as diverse as The Staple Singers, The Byrds, the Rolling Stones, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Jarrett, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, The White Stripes and most recently Adele. Bob Dylan’s music has been recognised and honoured with many awards. He received an honorary doctorate of music from Princeton University, New Jersey in 1970 and from St Andrews University, Scotland in 2004. In addition to winning numerous Grammy Awards, his song ‘Things Have Changed’ from the film ‘Wonder Boys’ (2000) won him both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 2001 and his last album of original material, ‘Together Through Life’ (2009), entered the charts at number one in the UK and America, and charted Top Five in many other countries around the world. From his performances in Greenwich Village coffee houses, festivals and rallies in the early 1960s, to his stadium concerts of the 1970s and his subsequent worldwide tours, Bob Dylan has built his musical reputation on the strength of his live appearances. He has played no fewer than one hundred shows a year since 1988 and has performed alongside other major artists such as Joan Baez, Tom Petty, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. Although Bob Dylan is best known as a singer and songwriter, he is also a writer, film director, actor, radio broadcaster and artist. His experimental collection of writings, ‘Tarantula’, was published in 1970 and his autobiography ‘Chronicles: Volume One’, released in 2004, became an international bestseller. Bob Dylan has both directed and acted in a number of films, making his first appearance in ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ (1973) and more recently in ‘Masked and Anonymous’ (2003). A collection of Bob Dylan’s drawings and sketches, created while on a tour of America, Europe and Asia between 1989 and 1992, were published in ‘Drawn Blank’ in 1994. These drawings were re-worked and first shown at a museum exhibition in Germany in autumn 2007, and at Halcyon Gallery, London in 2008.
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In 2008, Bob Dylan received a special Pulitzer Prize Citation for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In summer 2008 a major exhibition of selected original paintings from ‘The Drawn Blank Series’, premiered at the Halcyon Gallery, London, to huge critical acclaim. In 2010 an exhibit of additional paintings premiered at the National Gallery of Denmark, in Copenhagen. What followed was an artistically significant publishing programme which continues to draw great interest as a source of insight into the mind of Bob Dylan. In 2012, Bob Dylan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest recognition of a civilian, bestowed by the President of the United States himself. Of Bob Dylan, President Barack Obama said, “A modern day troubadour, Bob Dylan established himself as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. The rich poetry of his lyrics opened up new possibilities for popular song and inspired generations. His melodies have brought ancient tradition into the modern age. Within 50 years after his career began Bob Dylan remains an eminent voice in our national conversation and around the world."
At the beginning of 2013, the ‘New Orleans Series’ opened at Palazzo Reale in Milan. In this exhibition of great prestige, curated by Francesco Bonami, Dylan pays homage to the American home of blues and jazz.
To reflect the amazing body of work contained in 'The Drawn Blank Series', a publishing programme of limited edition graphics commenced, releases in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 generated huge worldwide interest, leading to many of the pieces selling out immediately. Summer 2013 sees the release of 'The Drawn Blank Series 2013', a portfolio of eleven pieces reflecting some of the best images from the collection.
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Whilst travelling on tour between 1989 and 1992, Bob Dylan created a collection of drawings that were published in a book entitled ‘Drawn Blank’ in 1994. These expressive works captured Dylan’s chance encounters and observations. The creation of these portraits, interiors, landscapes, still lifes, nudes and street scenes were done to “relax and refocus a restless mind”. Ingrid Mössinger – the curator of the Kunstsammlungen Museum, in Chemnitz, Germany – came across ‘Drawn Blank’ during a visit to New York in 2006. Instantly excited about Dylan’s work, she contacted the artist’s team and was thrilled to learn that Bob Dylan would agree to have his art exhibited in public for the first time. When Dylan had first drawn the works in this series he had intended to create paintings based upon them. Ingrid Mössinger’s proposed exhibition encouraged him to now do this using watercolour and gouache. “I was fascinated to learn of Ingrid’s interest in my work, and it gave me the impetus to realise the vision I had for these drawings many years ago,” Bob Dylan commented.
These paintings formed a collection entitled ‘The Drawn Blank Series’. Unlike the delicacy of the drawings in ‘Drawn Blank’ the paintings are expressive and vibrant. Dylan paints several versions of the same image, using different colours and tones which result in a dynamic variety of impressions, feelings and emotions.
This choice and skill in applying different colour arrangements to the same original drawing enables Dylan to express his feelings and perceptions of an idea or view – continually evoking different feelings and reactions, and thereby creating evolving works of art. This technique is intrinsic to Dylan in all aspects of his creative life.
As Tobias Rüther (Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper), who credited Dylan with successfully translating his songs into art, commented: “That which he’s done for years on the stage – performing new versions of his old songs in order to give a fresh interpretation – he’s now continuing on deckle-edged paper.”
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The Drawn Blank Series Graphics Collection
Prior to the seventeenth century most artists had viewed printmaking (or Graphics as they are also known nowadays) as a preparatory technique, using the medium to create sketches for their final paintings.
The Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the first artists to use printmaking as a form of art in its own right. Although initially a painter, he became devoted to the medium of etching; creating approximately three hundred etchings during his lifetime. His importance and renown within the art world in this context is of such significance that, when the medium was revived during the twentieth century, artists such as Picasso fervently aspired to be as skilled as him in this medium and, during the 1930s went on to create, amongst many fine art graphics, a series of etchings which featured imagery of Rembrandt. The series was entitled ‘The Vollard Suite’, named after the renowned art dealer and critic Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) who commissioned and published it. Vollard was one of the most important art dealers of the early twentieth century, and worked with artists such as Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and Camille Pissarro (1830-1903). Importantly, it was Vollard who pioneered the idea of painter as printer, bringing printmaking back into fashion and establishing it as a reputable art form that artists enjoyed and enthusiastically used. As Vollard himself commented: “…the painters themselves became more and more interested in the new form of expression. Some of them even made complete albums for me…”
After the Second World War the centre of printmaking predominantly moved from Europe to America and some artists began to dedicate their entire oeuvres to print, which came to be viewed on the same level as
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painting and sculpture. Indeed, artists such as Andy Warhol (1928-1987) were committed to the medium – repeating an image in many different colour-ways – just as Bob Dylan has done in his works years later.
As part of this tradition, and continuing it into the twenty-first century, a carefully selected collection of Dylan’s paintings have been chosen to be published as Signed Limited Edition Graphics to enable collectors and art lovers throughout the world access to Bob Dylan’s works of art.
This graphics collection entitled ‘The Drawn Blank Series’ captures the true essence of Dylan’s original paintings. In the spirit of Vollard, it is the production of these prints that enables a wider audience to appreciate the skill and imagination not only of Dylan the artist, but also of Dylan the man.
Each edition, depicted in this brochure, is published in a limited number of no more than 295 copies worldwide. All are printed on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper, certificated and personally signed by the artist.
Washington Green Fine Art Publishing Company are proud and privileged to present this unique collection of highly acclaimed graphics; representing yet another landmark in its thirty year creative journey in fine art publishing.
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In summer 2008 a major exhibition of selected original paintings from 'The Drawn Blank Series', premiered at Halcyon Gallery, London, to huge critical acclaim. To reflect this amazing body of work a collection of limited edition graphics were published; releases in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 generated phenomenal worldwide interest, leading to many pieces selling out immediately. Summer 2013 sees the new and highly anticipated collection from this series.
GRAPHICS STANDARD FORMAT
Available as 6 Individual Graphics or Deluxe Boxed Set of 6 All hand-signed by the artist in graphite pencil
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“ I try to live as simply as is possible and was just drawing whatever I felt like drawing, whenever I felt like doing it. The idea was always to do it without affection or self-reference, to provide some kind of panoramic view of the world as I was seeing it at the time. ” BOB DYLAN
Standard Format Bell Tower In Stockholm Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 27 ½ " x 22" (70 cm x 56 cm) • Image Size 21 ½ " x 15¾" (54.5 cm x 40 cm)
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Standard Format Corner Flat Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 22" x 27 ½ " (56 cm x 70 cm) • Image Size 15¾" x 21 ½ " (40 cm x 54.5 cm)
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“ Seemingly unworried about how something looks, he’s not after perfection but something larger, a moment, a feeling. The effect is enthralling. ” NEW YORK TIMES
Standard Format Iron Railing Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 22" x 27 ½ " (56 cm x 70 cm) • Image Size 16¼" x 21¼" (41.25 cm x 55.25 cm)
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Trailer Standard Format Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 27 ½ " x 22" (70 cm x 56 cm) • Image Size 21 ½ " x 16½" (54.5 cm x 42 cm)
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Standard Format Carbondale Motel Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 22" x 27 ½ " (56 cm x 70 cm) • Image Size 16¼" x 21¾" (41.25 cm x 55.25 cm)
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Standard Format Backstage Dressing Room Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 27 ½ " x 22" (70 cm x 56 cm) • Image Size 19¾" x 16" (50 cm x 40.5 cm)
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GRAPHICS MEDIUM FORMAT
Available as 4 Individual Graphics or Deluxe Boxed Set of 4 All hand-signed by the artist in graphite pencil
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Medium Format Motel Pool Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 36" x 28" (91.5 cm x 71 cm) • Image Size 26½" x 22" (75 cm x 56 cm)
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Medium Format Sidewalk Café Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 36" x 28" (91.5 cm x 71 cm) • Image Size 28¾" x 22" (73 cm x 56 cm)
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“ Dylan’s coiled and slight nervous manner of drawing, which often teeters on the brink of cartoon or caricature, is in a line of descent that goes back to the work of artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas and Van Gogh. ” ANDREW GRAHAM-DIXON
Medium Format House On Union Street Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 36" x 28" (91.5 cm x 71 cm) • Image Size 30" x 21½" (76.25 cm x 54.5 cm)
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Medium Format Bicycle Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 36" x 28" (91.5 cm x 71 cm) • Image Size 29½" x 21½" (75 cm x 54.5 cm)
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GRAPHIC LARGE FORMAT
Hand-signed by the artist in graphite pencil
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“ We are always trying to uncover new aspects of ourselves – seeking new skills and perfecting old ones. ” BOB DYLAN
Large Format Train Tracks Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 48" x 36" (122 cm x 91.5 cm) • Image Size 41" x 30½" (104 cm x 77.5 cm)
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BOXED SET STANDARD FORMAT
Available as Deluxe Boxed Set of 6 All hand-signed by the artist in graphite pencil
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Standard Format Boxed Set Limited Edition Graphics of 295 • Paper Size 27 ½ " x 22" (70 cm x 56 cm) • Image Sizes: See 'Standard Format' Section
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BOXED SET MEDIUM FORMAT
Available as Deluxe Boxed Set of 4 Graphics All hand-signed by the artist in graphite pencil
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Medium Format Boxed Set Limited Edition Graphics of 295 • Paper Size 36" x 28" (91.5 cm x 71 cm) • Image Sizes: See 'Medium Format' Section
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THE COMPLETE COLLECTION 2013
Available as Full Collection of 11 Limited Edition Graphics All hand-signed by the artist in graphite pencil
Standard Format Picture Title Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 271/2” x 22” (70 cm x 56 cm) • Image Size 211/2” x 153/4” (54.5 cm x 40 cm)
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STANDARD FORMAT BOXED SET
MEDIUM FORMAT BOXED SET
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A beautifully produced 308 page hard back book illustrating the extraordinary collection of original art works by Bob Dylan with accompanying texts by former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion and the art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon.
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BOB DYLAN BIOGRAPHICAL HIGHLIGHTS
Standard Format Picture Title Limited Edition Graphic of 295 • Paper Size 271/2" x 22" (70 cm x 56 cm) • Image Size 211/2" x 153/4" (54.5 cm x 40 cm)
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1964 Dylan felt increasingly constrained by the folk and protest movement and his fourth album, ‘Another Side of Bob Dylan’, released in August 1964, showed a move away from protest songs to ones of a more personal and poetic nature. 1965 Dylan released ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, which included the use of electric instruments and signified his departure from folk music toward rock and roll. In April, Dylan began a tour of Britain and the hysteria surrounding him was captured in the film documentary, ‘Don’t Look Back’ (1965), directed by the filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker. Dylan’s single ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ was released on 20th July and became his first major hit. Five days later he performed at the Newport Folk Festival, backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, where he showcased his new electric sound and received a mixed response from the audience. In September, Dylan began touring backed by the Hawks - who later became known as The Band. 1966 In April, Dylan began a tour of Australia and Europe, which culminated in a raucous and notorious confrontation between the singer and fans during a concert at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in Britain. On 29th July near Woodstock, New York, Dylan crashed his motorcycle. Although the extent of his injuries was not known, he disappeared from public view for many months. He would not tour again for eight years. 1967 In spring, The Band moved to Woodstock to be closer to Dylan and he recorded with them in the basement of their house. The tracks produced were widely bootlegged and only legitimately released in 1975 as ‘The Basement Tapes’.
Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota on 24th May 1941. He grew up in the mining town of Hibbing and played in a number of rock and roll bands as a high school student. In 1959 he enrolled at the University of Minneapolis but left after his freshman year. The Sixties 1961 In January, Dylan moved to New York City where he visited his idol Woody Guthrie in hospital and performed in the folk clubs of Greenwich Village. Following a performance at New York’s Gerde’s Folk City in September, Dylan received public recognition through a review by critic Robert Shelton in The New York Times. Dylan’s talents were brought to the attention of A&R producer John Hammond and in October he signed a contract with Columbia Records. 1963 Dylan’s second album, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’, including songs like ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’ helped establish him as a singer and songwriter. He soon became an important figure in the national folk movement. ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ was released by Peter, Paul and Mary and reached number two in the American music charts in July. In the same month, Dylan performed at the Newport Folk Festival. It was also during 1963 that Dylan became prominent in the civil rights movement, singing at protest rallies with Joan Baez. On 28th August he sang at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights rally at which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. 1962 In March, Dylan released his first album, ‘Bob Dylan’.
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1968 On 20th January, Dylan made his first live appearance, following the accident, with The Band at a memorial concert for Woody Guthrie in New York City. 1969 In May, Dylan appeared on the first episode of Johnny Cash’s new television show, singing several songs as duets with Cash. Dylan rejected requests to perform at the ‘Woodstock Festival’ and instead topped the bill at the ‘Isle of Wight Rock Festival’ on 31st August. The Seventies 1970 Dylan left Woodstock and moved to MacDougal Street in New York City. In June he received an honorary doctorate of music from Princeton University, New Jersey. Dylan’s collection of experimental writings from 1966, ‘Tarantula’, was finally published in November. 1971 George Harrison persuaded Dylan to appear at a benefit concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York City in August 1971. 1972 In November, Dylan contributed to the soundtrack of the film ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ (1973) directed by Sam Peckinpah. The soundtrack included ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ which has subsequently been covered by over one hundred recording artists. Dylan also made his acting début in the film as a minor member of Billy’s gang.
1974 In January, Dylan and The Band embarked on their first tour in eight years, playing thirty-nine shows in twenty-one cities coast-to-coast in America. A live album documenting this tour, ‘Before the Flood’, was released. 1975 From autumn 1975 until spring 1976, Dylan toured North America with the ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’, which included a changing entourage of artists such as the poet Allen Ginsberg, and singers Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. Footage of the tour was used in the four-hour film, ‘Renaldo and Clara’, directed by Dylan. Released in 1978, the film met with a mixed response from audience and critics. 1976 In November, Dylan appeared in The Band’s ‘farewell’ concert, which was filmed by Martin Scorsese and released as the film ‘The Last Waltz’ in 1978.
1978 Dylan embarked on an extensive tour of New Zealand, Australia, Europe, America and Japan.
1979 In the late 1970s, Dylan became deeply interested in developing a more spiritually inspired music based on his evolving studies of the Bible. Two albums rooted in Gospel Music - ‘Slow Train Coming’ and ‘Saved’ - were released in 1979 and 1980. The Eighties 1982 Dylan was inducted into the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ in March 1982.
1973 A collection of Dylan’s lyrics and poetry, ‘Writings and Drawings’, was published.
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1985 In July, Dylan contributed vocals for the all-star single, ‘We Are The World’, in aid of African famine relief. On 13th July he appeared, backed by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, at the Live Aid concert at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. His third book, ‘Lyrics: 1962-1985’, was published and ‘Biograph’, a five- disc retrospective collection, was also released. 1986-1987 During these years, Dylan toured backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In 1987 he toured with backing from the Grateful Dead, which led to the album ‘Dylan & the Dead’ (1989). Dylan also starred in the movie ‘Hearts of Fire’ (1987) directed by Richard Marquand. 1988 In January, Dylan was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’, with an induction speech by Bruce Springsteen. In spring, Dylan joined Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and George Harrison to form the light-hearted group The Traveling Wilburys. They released two well-received albums in 1988 and 1990. Late spring also saw the start of what came to be called the ‘Never Ending Tour’ with a small and evolving band. The Nineties 1990 In January, Dylan received the ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’, the highest cultural award given by the French Government. He was also included in ‘Life’ magazine’s list of the hundred most influential Americans.
first album with an all-star concert at Madison Square Garden, New York City, on 16th October 1992. The concert featured more than thirty artists including George Harrison, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton and Dylan himself. 1994 After failing to perform at the ‘Woodstock Festival’ in 1969, Dylan made a triumphant appearance at ‘Woodstock ‘94’. ‘Drawn Blank’, a collection of ninety-two sketches and drawings created by Dylan while on a tour of America, Europe and Asia between 1989 and 1992, was published. 1997 Dylan played a concert before Pope John Paul II at the ‘World Eucharistic Conference’ in Bologna, Italy. In December, President Bill Clinton presented him with a ‘Kennedy Center Honor’ at the White House in Washington D.C. 1998 Dylan picked up three Grammy Awards for his ‘Time Out of Mind’ (1997) album, including ‘Album of the Year’; heralding a return to form as a songwriter and performer. The New Millennium 2000 In May, Dylan was awarded the prestigious ‘Polar Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’. He also wrote and performed the song ‘Things Have Changed’ for the film ‘Wonder Boys’ (2000), directed by Curtis Hanson, which won him a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award the following year. 2003 With producer/director Larry Charles, Dylan co-wrote and starred in the film ‘Masked and Anonymous’, which was released in 2003.
1991 In February, Dylan received a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
1992 Columbia records marked the 30th anniversary of Dylan’s
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2004 Dylan received an honorary doctorate of music from St Andrews University, Scotland on 23rd June 2004. October saw the publication of the first volume of his three part autobiography, ‘Chronicles: Volume One’, which spent nineteen weeks on ‘The New York Times’ best-seller list. 2005 The film documentary, ‘No Direction Home’, directed by Martin Scorsese, was shown on BBC 2 in Britain and PBS in America on 26th September 2005. Concentrating on the years between Dylan’s arrival in New York City in 1961 and his motorcycle crash in 1966, the film was an international success both with critics and fans. 2006 Dylan’s forty-fourth album, ‘Modern Times’, released in 2006, gave him his first American number one album in thirty years and won a Grammy Award in 2007 for best contemporary folk album. In spring, Dylan began his DJ career hosting the weekly ‘Theme Time Radio Hour’ show for XM Satellite Radio in America and BBC Radio 2 in Britain. 2007 Released in August, the award-winning film, ‘I’m Not There’, written and directed by Todd Haynes, was inspired by the life and music of Dylan. An exhibition entitled ‘The Drawn Blank Series’, which contained re-worked versions of Dylan’s sketches and drawings, opened in the autumn at the Kunstsammlungen Museum, in Chemnitz, Germany. 2008 In April, Dylan received a Special Citation Pulitzer Prize ‘for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power’. A
major exhibition of selected works from ‘The Drawn Blank Series’, together with new re-worked versions, premiered at Halcyon Gallery in London in the summer, receiving huge critical acclaim. A selection of limited edition graphics from the exhibition were released in a select number of UK galleries with many editions selling out immediately upon release. 2009 On 15th April, Dylan aired his 100th episode in the US of his ‘Theme Time Radio Hour’. On 28th April Dylan released his 45th album ‘Together Through Life’ which débuted at number one in the UK album charts, 38 years and five months after his last chart-topper ‘New Morning’ in 1970. This broke the record for the longest gap between solo number one albums in the UK. The album also went to number one in the US, as well as several other countries worldwide. On 12th October Dylan launched his first ever Christmas album – Christmas In The Heart – with all royalties being donated to The World Food Programme and Crisis UK; helping to fight hunger worldwide by providing meals to the needy over the holiday season. On 17th December Newsweek announced their list of ‘Best Albums of the Decade’ with Bob Dylan’s ‘Love And Theft’ coming in at Number 2.
2010 On 13th February, Halcyon Gallery, London launched Dylan’s first ever exhibition of paintings on canvas.
In September of 2010, Dylan’s acrylic works on canvas were displayed in a one-man exhibition at Denmark’s National Gallery, the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. The ‘Brazil Series’ was specifically created by Dylan for the exhibition.
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2012 Besides his usual touring schedule, Dylan completed work on his 36th studio album, 'Tempest,' released on September 11th, 2012. On 29th, May 2012, Bob Dylan received The Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour. 2013 As well as embarking on his worldwide summer tour, 'Americanarama', Bob Dylan exhibited new works from his 'New Orleans Series' at the prestigious Palazzo Reale in Milan, the Royal Palace that once held the city’s government, but now hosts major exhibitions including artists Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.
On 18th October 2010, Columbia Records released Volume 9 of his ‘Bootleg Series, The Witmark Demos.’ This comprised 47 demo recordings of songs taped between 1962 and 1964 for Dylan's earliest music publishers, and received universal acclaim. In the same week, Sony Legacy released ‘Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings’, a box set which for the first time presented Dylan's eight earliest albums. In November 2010, a major exhibition of selected limited edition and original graphics from ‘The Drawn Blank Series’ premiered in Tokyo. 2011 On 24th May, Dylan turned 70. The event was marked with numerous symposiums around the world. Dylan, ignoring the hoopla; stuck to the basics and continued touring, playing for the first time in Taiwan, China and Vietnam as well as a sold out European tour.
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Washington Green would like to thank Gene Luntz, whose direction and creative input helped in shaping this rare graphics collection and whose energy, experience and commitment make this such a unique success.
Special thanks also go to Esther Light from GTZ Fine Art Editions whose personal commitment, professional skills and dedication helped to achieve the highest possible standards in publishing this collection.
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The Quotes on page 10 and 34 are taken from Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One. Published by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2004 Copyright © 2004 Bob Dylan
The quote on page 14 is by New York Times
The quote on page 28 is by Andrew Graham-Dixon
Photograph on page 3 © Mark Seliger
Photographs on page 4 & 53 © Danny Clinch
Photograph on page 50 © Don Huntstein
Photograph on page 55 © Randee St. Nicholas
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