August 16, 2017
We could go on for ages about Kurt Cobain’s legacy, but most people know about the documentary, they’ve heard the unreleased tracks and maybe even read up on some of the conspiracy theories. What most people don’t know is that the legendary singer and songwriter also dabbled in the visual arts over the years. UTA Artist Space (part of United Talent) got a special booth at the recently concluded Seattle Art Fair for a collection of works from a number of artists, including two never-before-seen paintings from Kurt Cobain. As the gallery describes them, “Both point to Cobain’s creative energy and wit, and to his efforts to articulate his struggles. The wraithlike, distorted figures and poppy flowers of “Untitled,” for example, point to Cobain’s issues with depression, self-image, and heroin addiction–an image then used by Cobain for the cover of the 1992 compilation album Incesticide.” In addition to those first time exhibitions, Cobain’s contributions to the gallery included a series of drawings, notebook sketches and comics.