The world collectively mourned the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994. Yet, his genius has continued to live on through his music and artistry. Recently, the visual arts division of the United Talent Agency discovered some of Cobain’s artwork, which had remained in storage since his death. The United Talent Agency will debut the two never-before-shown works along with a selection of Cobain-owned notebooks.
UTA described one of the artworks titled, Incesticide, as an abstract painting with “a distorted, expressionistic figure that can be likened to Edvard Munch.” Cobain’s artwork could become a part of a “touring exhibition,” the head of UTA Fine Arts, Joshua Roth, said.
It is reported that the estate has “dozens” of Cobain works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures. The New York Times reports that the premiere of Cobain’s paintings is a part of a larger plan the UTA, his estate and Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, are developing. His art will not be available for purchase at the fair. Roth told the New York Times,
“It’s too hard to put a price on them. They’re very special to the family.”
Kurt Cobain and Nirvana defined a generation. Instrumental in creating the grunge scene, Cobain’s depth and passion could be heard in every note he uttered. He brought his torment and heartache to life through music, taking his listeners on a journey through his mind. This raw talent and emotion are what continue to live on through all of his art, even decades after his death. Even now, Cobain continues to fascinate and inspire, as can be seen through the massive intrigue surrounding these newly found works of art.
UTA Artist Space at the Seattle Art Fair runs from August 3rd to 6th.