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The Influence of Kurt Cobain

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Grunge music is about as universally synonymous with modern-day Seattle as Starbucks and Microsoft, and no band symbolizes this movement more than Nirvana. The band’s late front man, Kurt Cobain, is easily the most recognizable icon from this period, famous for his heart wrenching lyrics, aggressive left-handed guitar playing, scraggly blond locks and premature demise. On view at the Seattle Art Museum from May 13 through September 6, 2010, the exhibition “Kurt” will reveal the extent to which his music and life continue to influence modern artists. The 80 pieces in the show vary in their mediums — from painting and sculpture to video, photography, collage and sound. Pieces range from Scott Fife’s carved cardboard Cobain bust to Gillian Wearing’s video of herself dancing to “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Other artists in the exhibit include Rodney Graham, Douglas Gordon, Alice Wheeler, Elizabeth Peyton, and photographer Charles Peterson, who shot Nirvana’s early years. A slideshow of pieces from the exhibit can be seen here.

Also, check out Stylesight’s recent men’s Runway Roadmap report for F/W 10, inspired by the contemporary interpretation of the multi-layered grunge style Cobain made so popular.

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