Gallery bosses in New York have been forced to change the description of Bob Dylan's latest art exhibition amid allegations the folk rocker has plagiarised pieces of his work.
The Like A Rolling Stone singer unveiled drawings and paintings inspired by his recent tour of the Far East last week (20Sep11) as part of The Asia Series at the Gagosian Gallery.
But visitors to the exhibition have raised concerns about Dylan's art, claiming it bears striking similarities to a number of well-known photos, with some comparing the star's Opium painting to Leon Busy's Indochine image from 1915. Other pieces have drawn comparisons to shots by Dmitri Kessel and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
As a result, Gagosian Gallery executives have altered the description of the show, stating The Asia Series is a "visual reflection" on the rocker's travels, instead of a "visual journal".
A gallery spokesperson tells the New York Times, "While the composition of some of Bob Dylan's paintings are based on a variety of sources, including archival, historic images, the paintings' vibrancy and freshness come from… everyday scenes he observed during his travels."
The Asia Series is on display for one month.