A pop-up Bob Dylan show that features the artist’s breakthrough “Blood on the Tracks” and several other albums was unveiled in Miami Monday, as well as the opening of the world’s first officially accredited movie theatre dedicated to his paintings.
The exhibition, which opens Tuesday and runs for a week at the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach, is timed to coincide with the release of Dylan’s long-awaited memoir “Chronicles: Volume One,” which was published Dec. 11. The exhibition’s title is inspired by one of his most famous songs, “Hurricane,” which he wrote when he was 22 years old.
In addition to works from “Blood on the Tracks,” including songs like “Hurricane” and “Shelter From the Storm,” the show features a set of Dylan’s woodcuts, commissioned by the estate of artist Mickalene Thomas, which she calls “guerrilla” art. According to Thomas, the many-panel series was created with only 20 hours of actual art work: 36 completed panels and an additional 14 pages of discussion drawings. Each panel, Thomas said, is worth $7,500, and the 50 commissioned prints — 24 of which have been shown to date — sold out in a week after the exhibition’s announcement. A single edition of 24 will be released at the fair.
The Georgia-born Dylan, 74, has long been known for his behind-the-scenes creativity: The enormous woodcuts being shown were created during the 2014 tour of his album “The Tempest,” while the sidecar painting presented at the exhibition is from an evening at a bar and restaurant owned by musician Travis Bickle, Dylan’s longtime friend and supporter, on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2000. According to co-curator Chris Keating, it is the only public art work made by Dylan in this room.