Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Leonard Cohen's new medium

VANCOUVER — Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, sounds faintly amused by the fuss over his dad's drawings. “You can't help but chuckle at the irony that our old man is now an exhibited artist – and entirely unintentionally so,” he says, laughing, over the phone from Los Angeles.

To be fair, the idea is relatively new to the Cohen household: The Vancouver exhibition will be only the third time the 37 works by the Canadian singer-songwriter have been shown publicly – after Manchester, England, in July, 2007, and this summer's Toronto Luminato Festival. Running until Dec. 31, the Vancouver exhibition begins on Friday, but Adam Cohen will be in town for a launch party at Canvas Gallery in Gastown today.

“I'm carrying out ambassadorial duties,” he explains. “I'm there in the absence of any other Cohen being able to attend, to see the operation is well handled.”

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