August 31 2014

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What Playboy Looks Like To Bob Dylan


Having faced allegations of plagiarism after his last show of paintings, Bob Dylan—he of “Blowin’ in the Wind”—confronted the issue head-on for his new one: Revisionist Art: Thirty Works by Bob Dylan, which opens tonight at New York’s Gagosian branch on Madison Avenue, riffs on the theme of appropriation. Like, for example, Playboy Magazine: Sharon Stone (2011-12), above, which borrows elements from the pulp press and the legendary men’s magazine. (Lest you be tempted to call it mere appropriation and not art, recall that it is, at the very least, an improvement on the actual June 1985 cover of Playboy, which featured eighties tabloid sensation Roxanne Pulitzer and a trumpet.) It may be news to Sharon Stone that she’s appearing on the magazine cover (especially since the woman pictured doesn’t appear to be her), but the more pressing question may be, who’s the phantom subscriber? Here’s to you, Mrs. Rosenhorn!

Revisionist Art runs through January 12, 2013 at Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue,

Photo: © Bob Dylan. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever

Dept. of Culture