Months after the iconic rock star’s death, David Bowie’s life is still continuously unfolding itself to the world. He pioneered his own kind of music marked with reinvention and innovative stagecraft. He was one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, and have amassed several platinum, gold and silver album certifications.
David Bowie died last January at the age of 69, and during his career, he was well known for his massive obsession with art. His collection will be on exhibit and auction at Sotheby’s Manhattan, and there will be over 350 items that’s up for sale. It includes his famous paintings, portraits and other modern, contemporary and post-modern Italian artworks. The auction will be held on November 10-11, 2016.
Sotheby’s previewed the famous rock star’s art collection last Monday in their gallery at New York, in preparation for the upcoming event. David Bowie’s collection extends to several artworks David Bomberg, Harold Gilman, Frank Auerbach, and Francis Picabia.
David Bowie’s Lifetime Love with Art and Everything Magnificent
In his lifetime, many have known him for his undying love with art. Even as a child, when he was in London, he studied art, design and music. The legendary musician once said that art was the seriously only thing that he wanted to own. To him, it can ‘change the way he feels in the morning’.
Apart from his music creations, he was also a painter and an art collector. The cover of his album Outside was painted by him. It was a self-portrait titled ‘The Dhead – Outside’ and was created as a signed lithograph.
Frank Auerbach’s “Head of Gerda Boehm” was said to have influenced Bowie in his work. The rock star had a profound connection to art and it seemed that art itself have connected to him deeply and in his creative process.
Among the most famous pieces he owned was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power”. It is said to be the most expensive item in his collection and is estimated to go over $3 million in the auction.
His love for art wasn’t limited to music and paintings, but also in film. Bowie also starred as Andy Warhol in biopic Jean-Michel Basquiat’s biopic film in 1996, which was directed by Julian Schnabel.
He was also in the movies Everybody Loves Sunshine in 1999, Zoolander in 2001, and also made a cameo in TV episode of The Hunger. He played various roles behind the camera, and at one point, he was the scientist Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige.
There was never a boring show when Bowie was on stage. He was always innovative and glamorous, and perhaps the most iconic artwork that stood as his persona was his makeup in Ziggy Stardust. His shaved eyebrows made an iconic statement, apart from his announcement in front of his fans that it’s was ‘the last show that we’ll ever do’.
For more information about David Bowie’s art collection and auction, please visit Sotheby’s website.
Months after the iconic rock star’s death, David Bowie’s life is still continuously unfolding itself to the world. He pioneered his own kind of music marked with reinvention and innovative stagecraft. He was one of the world’s best-selling artists...