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Mr Tambourine Man takes the Beaten Path

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Published : Nov 4, 2016, 9:14 am IST
Updated : Nov 4, 2016, 9:14 am IST

A woman looks towards a painting by Bob Dylan called Endless Highway on display at the exhibition “The Beaten Path” at the Halcyon Gallery, in London. (Photo: AP)

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A woman looks towards a painting by Bob Dylan called Endless Highway on display at the exhibition “The Beaten Path” at the Halcyon Gallery, in London. (Photo: AP)

Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan’s new artworks under the name “The Beaten Path” have been exhibited at the Halcyon Gallery on London’s pricey New Bond Street. The show is one of the most extensive displays ever mounted of his drawings, water-colours, acrylics and ironworks, reported Vanity Fair. The works show America as Dylan has seen it on tour — images of quintessential Americana, at once iconic and quotidian. Lonely stretches of highway, bridges, ice-cream stores, diners, even Katz’s Deli in Manhattan — they are as intimate as they are universal.

 

The 75-year-old singer has also penned an essay for the exhibition catalogue, his most extensive piece of prose since the publication of his memoir Chronicles: Volume One in 2004. Dylan, as always somehow as coy as he is simplistic, writes that “the idea was to create pictures that would not be misinterpreted or misunderstood by me or anybody else.” Dylan has been working on the pieces for about two-and-a-half years, finishing them in the past few months.

Dylan writes in a preface that he chose to ignore corporate America: “The common theme of these works having something to do with the American landscape — how you see it while criss-crossing the land and seeing it for what it’s worth. Staying out of the mainstream and travelling the back roads, free born style.”

 

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