Bob Dylan, Dirty Old Plagiarist

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Bob Ross would never have done something like this.

from the New York Times:

The freewheeling artistic style of Bob Dylan, who has drawn on a variety of sources in creating his music and has previously raised questions of attribution in his work, is once again stirring debate — this time over an exhibition of his paintings at the Gagosian Gallery on the Upper East Side.

When the gallery announced the exhibition, called “The Asia Series,” this month, it said the collection of paintings and other artwork would provide “a visual journal” of Mr. Dylan’s travels “in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea,” with “firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape.”

But since the exhibition opened on Sept. 20, some fans and Dylanologists have raised questions about whether some of these paintings are based on Mr. Dylan’s own experiences and observations, or on photographs that are widely available and that he did not take.


Ken Shane: The King Provocateur at work again. Glad to see he hasn’t lost his knack. The best part is that, as always, he could care less what people think.

Jeff Giles: So it’s okay to pass off someone else’s work as your own, as long as you don’t care what people think?

David Medsker: Wow, that’s just galling. I’m all right with him copying famous photographs, as long as he says he’s copying famous photographs.

Giles: Maybe he did admit it, and no one could understand him

Matt Springer: As a musician, god, I love Dylan.

As an artist, he seems like the typical old man who likes to sit in his basement and copy pictures for fun. He may as well get one of those tracing kits and project the transparencies on canvas.

Dave Lifton: I’m sorry, Mr. Springer. It’s time.

Dw. Dunphy: And don’t forget to give him back his black t-shirt. That’s not company property.

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