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John Mellencamp Art Exhibit Announced

07/24/2013
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The Butler Institute of American Art have announced that they will be holding the exhibition "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" from November 3, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

We were sent these details: This show, which will feature some forty paintings, some never before seen by the public, is John Mellencamp's first art museum exhibition.

According to Butler director and chief curator Dr. Louis Zona, who organized the exhibition, "The Butler is pleased and proud to showcase these remarkable paintings by an American icon. Mellencamp's very personal works, rooted in the traditions of European expressionism, display a unique understanding of art history, theory and composition. They are crafted with both skill and spontaneity by a great talent who is truly 'twice blessed' with the creative gene."

Mellencamp says, "Initially I was interested in portraitures only. I started looking at Rembrandt and those guys. That genre of painting. That led me to Impressionism which I didn't really have a feeling for. From that it went to German Expressionism which has stayed and remains the basic foundation for what I do. Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, the foundation of my influence, same as folk music is the foundation of my songs."

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