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06/04/2012 - Read Jill Connor's complete discussion with John after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "I donít paint for anybody..."

"I donít need to paint for anybody, you know, as long as I look at it and think I like it, then thatís good enough for me, because I have never really intended to sell anything..." Read More
05/18/2012 - Read Chloe WymaI's insightful Q & A interview with John. Here are some excerpts: "spoke with Mellencamp about art, life, and the crucial importance of Marlon Brando..."

"A painting has to be beautiful. Even in its grotesqueness. That painting is grotesque but I think itís still beautiful. There are a lot of songs that are that way..."
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04/26/2012 - Read Joe Nolan's Nothing Like I Planned The Art Of John Mellencamp at the Tennessee State Museum complete review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "But the painted portraits and narrative canvases of John Mellencamp ó currently on display in the exhibit Nothing Like I Planned at the Tennessee State Museum, are different. Besides being quite accomplished, they seem intimately connected to the snapshot imagery of his story-song lyrics..." Read More
04/24/2012 - The paintings of John Mellencamp are featured in his first museum exhibition, Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp, open now running through  June 10, 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. The exhibition offers 52 paintings, spanning four decades of efforts including numerous pieces that have never been exhibited previously. The showing is free to the public. Click HERE to purchase the newly released catalog from the exhibit. Read the reviews below.
04/16/2012 - Read M. Kelley's full review and view several paintings of John's exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "John Mellencampís Nothing Like I Planned, featured at the Tennessee State Museum through June, seems to voice and then blend two distinct personalities through paint: massive social commentary works that pop with notation, symbolism, and narrative, in counterpoint with the more reserved but no less expressive hand behind his intimate and obsessive portraiture series..." Read More
03/29/2012 - Paul Polycarou of the Nashville Arts Magazine was thrilled to be invited to John's home studio to talk with him about his art and his upcoming exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum opening April 12th. To view a slide show of the complete article (pages 22 -27) and view some of the new painting that will be on exhibit please click HERE. The image on the cover of the Magazine is John's painting "Wanted" which is part of the show. After the jump we have the transcribed article. Read More
03/22/2012 - The paintings of John Mellencamp will be featured in his first museum exhibition, Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp, from April 12, 2012 to June 10, 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. The exhibition offers 52 paintings, spanning four decades of output including numerous pieces that have never been exhibited previously. The showing is free to the public. When asked about his work, Mellencamp commented, "Do I have a mission of what I want to accomplish with this? Iíve already accomplished it. There it is. Thereís the song. Thereís the painting. I'm painting because I have to." Complete details are available after the jump. Read More
 
   

 

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