Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kurt Wagner's Upcoming Gallery Show, and Eight Other Musicians Who Make Art

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Adrian M. Killebrew Jr., Kurt Wagner
  • "Adrian M. Killebrew Jr.," Kurt Wagner

Kurt Wagner is well-known around Nashville for his musical talents, both in KORT and Lambchop. But before he was known for being a musician, he was an artist. He rarely shows his work, so the exhibit of recent paintings opening at Zeitgeist next month is especially exciting. (The show will also feature work by Wagner's longtime friend Wayne White — whose work was used for Lambchop's Nixon cover art.)

While anticipating that show, we got curious about other musicians who moonlight as visual artists, and we've come up with a collection of a few of our favorites. Images from artists Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and more, after the jump ...

Kurt Cobain's painting was the cover art of Incesticide. In the album's liner notes he was credited as Kurdt Kobain.

Incesticide cover art, Kurt Cobain
  • Incesticide cover art, Kurt Cobain

Bob Dylan had been making art for years before his first exhibition — 140 paintings that showed in an eastern German gallery in 2007, that caused critics to compare him to Munch, Matisse and Max Beckmann.

Cassandra, Bob Dylan
  • "Cassandra," Bob Dylan

Patti Smith has claimed that Andy Warhol’s first ever retrospective in Philadelphia inspired her to move to New York in 1967, where she met fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

Polaroid photos by Patti Smith
  • Polaroid photos by Patti Smith

Paul McCartney made paintings for 15 years before he told anyone about it.

Big Mountain Face, Paul McCartney
  • "Big Mountain Face," Paul McCartney

David Bowie studied art and graphic design before he became famous as a musician. New York's Museum of Art and Design presented a multimedia show called David Bowie, Artist earlier this year that exhibited his work through the lens of performance art.

Part Victim, David Bowie
  • "Part Victim," David Bowie

John Mellencamp's Basquiat-esque canvases borrow from his songwriting themes about the sometimes dark underbelly of the heartland.

Coast to Coast, John Mellencamp
  • "Coast to Coast," John Mellencamp

Later this fall in L.A., Marilyn Manson is exhibiting a series of watercolor paintings based on the famously mutilated Black Dahlia.

A Smile II, Marilyn Manson
  • "A Smile II," Marilyn Manson

In the early ’80s, Kim Gordon wrote for Artforum and worked in Soho art galleries — her artistic proclivities are evident in Sonic Youth album covers, which have featured work by Mike Kelley (Dirty), Raymond Pettibon (Goo) and Richard Prince (Sonic Nurse).

Dude War, Kim Gordon
  • "Dude War," Kim Gordon

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