Kurt Cobain Authorized Art Exhibit in the Works
An authorized traveling exhibition of Kurt Cobain‘s artwork is in the works, according to the New York Times. In a profile of Jampol Artist Management’s Jeff Jampol, who specializes in the continued business opportunities of legacy acts (or in non-industry terms, deceased artists), Jampol revealed that he’s working with Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain on a touring art show that would feature the late Nirvana singer’s artwork.
Cobain is Jampol’s newest client, the latest in an all-star roster that includes the Doors, Janis Joplin, the Ramones, Otis Redding and more. According to Jampol, the exhibition will feature “Kurt’s works and his art and his possessions.” “He’s got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of,” Jampol said, adding that Cobain’s work is “going to be relevant for centuries.”
As the Times notes, Love signed over the rights to Cobain’s name and likeness to her daughter in 2010. The following year, Seattle’s Experience Music Project unveiled their massive “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” exhibit, which at the time was the largest collection (over 200 items) dedicated to the band’s legacy.
In 2015, the first authorized documentary on the Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, was produced and released, which was succeeded by an accompanying collection of Cobain demos.