Two never-before-exhibited Kurt Cobain paintings to be displayed at Seattle Art Fair

Posted by on June 29, 2017

This August, two never-before-exhibited paintings by the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will be displayed at the Seattle Art Fair. According to The New York Times, Los Angeles-based visual arts division, United Talent Agency, will present its first art fair, with the Cobain paintings  up from August 3rd through August 6th. It’s referred as a homecoming since Cobain’s artwork will be displayed in the city he brought to acclamation.

Joshua Roth, the director of the United Talent Agency Fine Arts explained:

“He was born near there, he passed away there, and he created the soundtrack for a counterculture there.”

The article revealed UTA’s plans to keep Cobain’s name out there:

“While one team at United Talent Agency is working to develop a feature-length motion picture about Kurt Cobain’s life, Mr. Roth is planning to ‘create a touring exhibition that really tells the story of who Kurt was through artworks, personal artifacts and memorabilia, sort of like what the Rolling Stones did in London.’”

Cobain’s art is described as: 

“Distorted, Expressionistic figures that owe something to the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. One — featuring a drooping, skeletal figure holding some springy poppy flowers that appear much more alive — was used for the cover of ‘Incesticide,’ Nirvana’s 1992 B-side album.”

As of now, the exhibition will not include any work from Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who is currently showing her artwork at Gallery 30 South in Pasadena, CA.

Roth stated Cobain’s paintings will not be for sale, stating “it’s too hard to put a price on them. They’re very special to the family.” He also revealed there are dozens of Cobain’s paintings, drawings and scupltures still in the family’s estate. 

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