Bob Dylan

Playboy Magazine: Sharon Stone, 2011–12
Silkscreen on canvas
54 x 40 inches  (137.2 x 101.6 cm)

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Bob Dylan is one of the most influential cultural figures of the twentieth century. Over the last fifty years, he has released over forty-five albums and written over five-hundred songs, including Blowin’ in the Wind, All Along the Watchtower, Knockin’ on Heaven's Door, and countless others. Parallel to sales of over one hundred million records, his songs have been covered by thousands of artists, from Duke Ellington to The Rolling Stones, from Guns N' Roses to Stevie Wonder.

Bob Dylan’s visual art is marked by the same constant drive for renewal that characterizes his legendary music. Although he has been making art since the 1960s, his work was not publicly exhibited until 2007, when an exhibition of “The Drawn Blank Series” was held in Chemnitz, Germany, followed by “The Brazil Series” at the Statens Museum, Copenhagen, in 2010–11. “The Asia Series” and “Revisionist Art: Thirty Works by Bob Dylan” were presented at Gagosian New York in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Dylan’s accolades include honorary doctorate degrees from Princeton and St. Andrews University, France's Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, The Kennedy Center Honor, The National Medal of Arts, Spain's Prince of Asturias Award, numerous Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. His most recent album, Together Through Life (2009) entered the charts at number one in America and many countries around the world. His experimental collection of writings, Tarantula, was published in 1970, and his memoirs, Chronicles: Volume One (2004), became an international bestseller.