Tuesday, July 19, 2016

David Bowie’s Other Alter Ego: The Art Collector

By Mark Hudson
David Bowie in 1974: the singer is thought to have started collecting art in earnest in 1976, after moving to Berlin CREDIT: REX
Yet while it’s become a truism that collectors reveal themselves through what they buy, Bowie’s impulses were so diverse, they conceal as much as they divulge. Bowie’s fascination with the primitive led him to another “untutored genius”, the New York graffiti artist-turned-art world darling Jean-Michel Basquiat, to Outsider Art (the expressions of psychiatric patients) and to Surrealism. Just when you think you’ve pinned him down through one set of interests, he appears somewhere else in a different guise. But soon, anybody else interested in the pop icon and the ideas that influenced his music will get the chance to see items from his huge and eclectic art collection when Sotheby’s stages a major exhibition and three-part sale. [link]
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Air Power, 1984
Damien Hirst's Beautiful, shattering, sphincter painting (1995).