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See Jerry Garcia’s Most Astounding Paintings and Sketches

The work of the Grateful Dead guitarist moves from music-related watercolors to a portrait of Saddam Hussein

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Jerry Garcia was nearly as prolific an artist as he was a guitar player, attending classes at the San Francisco Art Institute as a kid and eventually producing over 2,000 pieces. For the first time ever, that work will be displayed in a museum setting, collected as part of a new exhibition, "Art in Pop," which runs through January 4th, 2015 at the Centre National d'art Contemporain le Magasin in Grenoble, France.

The art on display includes both concrete pencil images and watercolor abstractions: "How Fine," for instance, gets psychedelic, offering an out-there depiction of a face with an unusual eye. In "Big Bird," Garcia shows his sense of humor by sketching the beloved Sesame Street character opening the sky into the world of Mister Rogers.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Rolling Stone has compiled a gallery of the singer-songwriter's best pieces, with captions provided by his daughter Keelin, wife Manasha and Roberta Weir. More of his art – along with pieces from Weir and Mickey Hart – can be viewed at the Garcia Weir Gallery, the online home of the Weir Gallery, which showcased local artists in Berkeley, California from 1987 to 1995.

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