A selection of drawings and paintings from Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork
In the early 1980s, in an effort to keep his mind occupied with something positive when he wasn’t playing music, Miles Davis began drawing, sketching and painting. What began as a hobby soon turned into a serious passion that Davis pursued obsessively until his death in 1991. Judging by the selection of work handsomely presented in the coffee-table book Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork (Insight Editions) his efforts produced impressive, richly colored results.
Few of Davis’ pieces were exhibited during his lifetime. Over the last two decades, however, the Davis estate has worked with gallery owners and private parties to assemble a comprehensive collection of the musician’s visual art. In showcasing many of those pieces, The Collected Artwork documents for posterity a hitherto largely unexplored facet of Davis’ artistry. In addition to the prints, Davis’ observations about his own drawings and paintings are sprinkled throughout the book.
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