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Dylan's art reflects his music in German exhibit

Visitors flocked to an art gallery in the small eastern German city of Gemnitz on the weekend to see the first art exhibit by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

Visitors flocked to an art gallery in the small eastern German city of Gemnitz on the weekend to see the first art exhibit bysinger-songwriterBob Dylan.

Dylan, 66,was not on hand for the opening Saturday of an exhibit of 170 of his drawings andpaintings, because he had a concert in Chicago.

Included are portraits of women and men, still lifes, cityscapes and landscapes hecreated between 1989 and 1992 for a book called Drawn Blank.

Art historian Frank Zoellner said the style of the works reflects Dylan's music, including a sense of restlessness seen in many of the interiors.

"The landscapes are very peaceful," he said.

Dylan often draws the same kind of images repeatedly, varying the execution in the same way he performs his music, Zoellner said.

"On stage, Dylan never plays any song the same way twice," he said.

The folk musician said he drew the sketches as studies for paintings he intended to complete later.

He completed many of those paintings especially for the exhibit, reworking the images in watercolour and gouache.

He himselfselected the artwork, including scenes from daily life observed during his travels.

The Drawn Blank Series is showing at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz museum until Feb. 3.

Museum director Ingrid Mossinger came across Dylan's artwork on a trip to New York and approached him to put together the exhibit.

"I was fascinated to learn of Ingrid's interest in my work, and it gave me the impetus to realize the vision I had for these drawings many years ago," Dylan said in a statement. "If not for this interest, I don't know if I even would have revisited them."

With files from the Associated Press

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