Bob Dylan is known as a great songwriter and poet (and a so-so singer), but he’s also a pretty good painter. Manhattan’s tony Gagosian Gallery will be showing Dylan’s work through Oct. 22.
“Bob Dylan: The Asia Series” marks the 70-year-old Zimmy’s first exhibition in the town where he arrived in ’61 as a Woody Guthrie wannabe and turned the planet on its ear. The series is being billed as a visual journal of Dylan’s travels in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea, with depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscapes.
Dylan has painted since the ‘60s, including the cover art for The Band’s classic “Music From Big Pink” and his own 1970 album “Self Portrait.” At one point, he studied painting with the late Norman Raeben, a New York City art teacher and son of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem.