Retrospect, the largest and most in-depth exhibition of Bob Dylan’s artwork ever on American soil, will debut in the United States at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University on November 30, 2021 in the opening of Miami Art Week. The exhibition debuted at the Shanghai Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in 2019, developed by the museum’s artistic director, Shai Baitel. This US premiere will also include the world premiere of an all-new series of Dylan paintings: Deep focus.
Until April 17, 2022, Retrospect presents nearly 200 paintings, drawings and metalwork sculptures by Bob Dylan at the Frost Art Museum. The exhibition covers six prolific decades of Dylan’s artistic practice in drawing, painting and sculpture. Retrospect showcases the development and diversity of Dylan’s visual practice, while immersive and interactive exhibits simultaneously illuminate the context of his artistic evolution, in tandem with Dylan’s musical and literary canon. “Deep Focus”, a new series of more than 40 paintings by Bob Dylan, will be presented for the first time at the Frost Art Museum. For “Deep Focus,” Dylan selected scenes from movies and turned them into paintings, like stills from movies, another expression of Dylan’s acute ability to fix a moment in time.
Bob Dylan says of the exhibition: “Seeing many of my works years after I have completed them is a fascinating experience. I don’t really associate them with any particular time, place, or state of mind, but I see them as part of a long arc; a continuation of how we move about the world and how our perceptions are shaped and changed by life. One can be as deeply influenced by the events of Morretes, Brazil as by the man who sells El País to Madrid.”
From his new series, Deep focus, Dylan explained, “All of these images are from movies. They try to highlight the different difficult situations people find themselves in. Whether it’s James Cagney or Margaret Rutherford, dreams and plans are the same – life as it comes to you in all its forms.
While the world knows him best as a historical musical icon, Dylan is also an avid visual artist.
“Miami is fortunate to have been selected as the first American city to feature the powerful illustrations, paintings and sculptures of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, singer and songwriter,” said Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Art Museum. “This tour de force shares similar cultural significance and sensibilities with the canon of Dylan’s Immortal Songs. For the generations who have loved and respected his music, Retrospect will be a unique privilege to be enjoyed. FIU is particularly honored to present the show to our students, patrons and the general public, in order to redefine this enduring American artist. “
Retrospect positions the multifaceted Nobel Prize-winning artist within her larger body of work and shines a light on a long-standing visual practice that is quite remarkable in itself. As a gateway for learning, studying, and envisioning sustainable innovation, the Frost Art Museum presents an open forum for art, ideas and community life.
Retrospect will be accompanied by a color catalog.
Torn curtain, Acrylic on canvas, 2021, 36 “x 60”