Bob Dylan has spent his entire career being labeled as a true original, but now he's the target of plagiarism accusations for his recent paintings.
Dylan's paintings are being displayed in New York as the "The Asia Series" at the Gagosian Gallery. The exhibit is a "visual reflection on his travels in Japan, China, Vietnam, and Korea." However, a New York Times article has observed that the paintings are nearly identical to previously published photographs by a variety of other artists.
According to reports, the painting "Tirade" is similar to a 1948 Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph. Both the painting and the photo depict two elderly men bent over while talking; one holds a banknote.
"Opium" depicts a dark-haired woman wearing red lying down alongside opium accessories. Leon Busy's photo "Woman Smoking Opium" depicts the same scene.
Did Bob Dylan plagiarize paintings? - MSN Music News