Kurt Cobain (AP/Robert Sorbo)

Kurt Cobain, rising art star?

In a city that the legendary musician changed forever, fans can observe two never-before-exhibited works of art


Charlie May
June 29, 2017 3:47PM (UTC)

The United Talent Agency will be showcasing two "never-before-exhibited" art paintings by the late iconic musician Kurt Cobain, according to the New York Times. The paintings will be exhibited at the Seattle Art Fair, inside a city Cobain has forever changed and "put on the map culturally." In a way, it could be considered a homecoming.

"He was born near there, he passed away there, and he created the soundtrack for a counterculture there," Justin Roth the director for United Talent Agency Fine Arts said, according to the Times. Roth is working 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." Another team at the agency is working towards a feature-length motion picture which would be centered around Cobain's life.

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But "the Cobain grand tour is admittedly in its early stages," the Times reported. However the two paintings of Cobain's that will be in Seattle show "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," according to the Times.

The paintings will be featured next to the works of Nate Lowman, Elizabeth Peyton, Raymond Pettibon and Mike Kelley as well as others. Other works of art will be for sale, but certainly not Cobain's. "It’s too hard to put a price on them," Roth said, according to the Times. "They’re very special to the family."


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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