Curator's Picks: Miami Art Week and Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum

As the founder of one of the UK's most successful art publishing companies, Glyn Washington knows a thing or two about the art industry. Whether he's reporting from Washington Green Fine Art HQ or the biggest art exhibitions across the globe, each month he'll be providing an exclusive insight into the latest developments in the art world, along with behind-the-scenes updates. In our first instalment, he flew out to Florida for the Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum exhibition and Miami Art Week, ahead of Bob Dylan's Retrospectrum release in January 2022. 

The Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum exhibition at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum showcased works from Dylan's extensive portfolio. © 2021 Tom Carter Photography Ltd. 

Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum

After successful tours at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, Jupiter Museum of Art in Shenzhen, and Modern Art Museum (MAM) Shanghai, the groundbreaking Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum exhibition landed at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, where it was on display until April 2022. 

Spanning two floors and set across six vast rooms, Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum featured over 180 acrylics, watercolours, drawings and ironwork sculptures, making it the most comprehensive exhibition of Bob Dylan's artwork ever seen in America. The development and diversity of Dylan's visual art was presented alongside immersive and interactive displays that illuminated the context of his artistic development in tandem with that of his musical and literary canon.

Artworks included sculptures, paintings and drawings from collections including The Drawn Blank Series and Mondo Scripto. © 2021 Tom Carter Photography Ltd. 

Well-deserved critical acclaim

"It truly was a privilege to be present for the official opening of Bob Dylan: Retrospectrum at the Frost Art Museum," says Glyn. "Since it was first announced back in May 2021, the exhibition made press headlines internationally and was eagerly anticipated by collectors across the globe. The experience did not disappoint; the reaction was tremendous, and the critical acclaim very well deserved."

Discover our Retrospectrum book

In celebration of this groundbreaking exhibition, we launched the now sold-out The Retrospectrum Collection, featuring six new limited edition graphics hand-signed by Bob Dylan. You can also discover the exhibition in our stunning hardback book.

Featuring works from the Retrospectrum exhibition, the book is a must-have for Bob Dylan collectors. 

Miami Art Week

Over 60,000 people visited the Art Basel Miami exhibition, which boasted 253 booths from leading art galleries around the world. Courtesy Art Basel Miami. 

A triumphant return

Featuring thousands of artworks from across five continents, Art Basel Miami is central to Miami Art Week and runs alongside the prestigious Art Miami exhibition. At the December 2021 event, installations, paintings, sculptures and textile creations all showcased the talents of breakthrough artists, alongside works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. Highlights included a posthumous fashion show for Virgil Abloh by Louis Vuitton, an underwater-themed NFT, and Dior's debut of its Medallion Chair Exhibition. 

Glyn adds: "The overwhelming attendance was a clear demonstration that the industry has mourned the absence of art shows. 2021’s triumphant return felt busier than ever, with exhibitions taking prides of place not only in gallery spaces but in hotels, prestige car showrooms, restaurants and more. It seemed as though the entire art world was there.

"The digital offering proved to be a key component of Miami Beach, allowing a broad international audience to experience the excitement of the show through a digital programme comprising livestreamed discussions, social media broadcasts, virtual walkthroughs, and more."

Following a year of virtual events, Miami Art Week was a fantastic chance for art lovers to explore a range of genres. Courtesy Art Basel Miami. 

What's next at Castle Fine Art? 

Glyn reveals: "Miami Art Week provided our team with the exceptional opportunity of meeting with a whole host of exciting artists, some of which we would very much like to work with on future publishing programmes. I look forward to updating you on these exciting developments in due course!"

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