Captain Beefheart Exhibit Starts in NY January 31

Source: Michael Werner Gallery.

Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to present Parapliers the Willow Dipped, Paintings 1967-1997, an exhibition of works by Don Van Vliet. Selected by artist Spencer Sweeney, this is the first New York exhibition of Van Vliet’s paintings in more than a decade.

A celebrated, prodigious child sculptor who grew up to reinvent himself as the legendary musician Captain Beefheart, Don Van Vliet today holds a place in rock-and-roll history as one of the most exacting and unconventional recording artists of his time. Van Vliet brought the wrenching howl of Delta blues to bear on his own oddball, avant-gardist boogie, recording challenging music that divided listeners and inspired generations. It was later that A.R. Penck identified “the demonic animality of man” in Van Vliet’s paintings, but he could have just as easily been describing the sound of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band at its peak. No other music of its time sounded like it.