John Mellencamp, award-winning singer-songwriter and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is also a painter, collector, and longtime activist who has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across the United States. Dr. Louis A. Zona is the executive director and chief curator of the Butler Institute of American Art, in Youngstown, Ohio. David L. Shirey is a former foreign correspondent, critic, and editor with Newsweek magazine, a critic and cultural writer for the New York Times, and former chair of the MFA Fine Arts program at New York City s School of Visual Arts. Award-winning editor and publisher Bob Guccione Jr. has created and managed some of America s most iconic publishing brands, including Spin magazine and Gear magazine.
"JOHN MELLENCAMP: AMERICAN PAINTINGS AND ASSEMBLAGES is the definitive survey-curated by the artist himself-of Mellencamp's oeuvre as an expressionist painter, grabbing our attention through the canvas. . .Full of self-portraits made over the years as well as portraits of other well-known subects-including Marlon Brando, Johnny Cash, and Meg Ryan-as well as a variety of everyday people, Mellencamp's art is storytelling at its finest." -BACKSTAGEAXXESS