David Bowie – a Collector

Bowie/Collector,

Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1, 
Exhibition open 1–10 November 2016
Auctions 10 & 11 November 2016
'Bowie/Collector' (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby's)

‘Bowie/Collector’
(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

Wow! Such a simple word sums up my first and lasting impression of these pieces being auctioned from Bowie’s personal art collection.  Personal is the key word in describing everything because they were his choice – he responded at some level to each of these works whether they were 20th Century British Masters, Contemporary African Art or examples of German Expressionism.  Scottish artists and Contemporary artists feature too, including the spin painting created jointly with Damien Hirst. There is even a Tintoretto.

Damien Hirst with David Bowie, Beautiful, hallo, space-boy painting, 1995 (£250,000-350,000) (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby's)

Damien Hirst with David Bowie, Beautiful, hallo, space-boy painting, 1995 (£250,000-350,000)
(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

Then there is the large group of Memphis Milano pieces whose designs perfectly resounded with Bowie. Colour, even if minimal, certainly appears to be a unifying factor across the whole collection.  He said that he was attracted to “those who transgressed the norm, who defied convention, whether in painting or in music or anything”. This is certainly obvious and it underlines perfectly the fact that he was a serious and knowledgeable collector and that his taste like his music is both thought-provoking and highly enjoyable.

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Radio-Phonograph, Model no. RR126, designed 1966 (£800-1,200) (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby's)

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Radio-Phonograph, Model no. RR126, designed 1966 (£800-1,200)
(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

 

Norman Catherine, Fanagalo Store (Est. £10,000-15,000) (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby's)

Norman Catherine, Fanagalo Store (Est. £10,000-15,000)
(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

 

Winifred Nicholson, St Ives Harbour (£50,000-70,000) + Bernard Leach, Vase with 'Leaping Fish' Design (£5,000-7,000) (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby's)

Winifred Nicholson, St Ives Harbour (£50,000-70,000) + Bernard Leach, Vase with ‘Leaping Fish’ Design (£5,000-7,000)
(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Air Power, 1984 (£2.5-3.5million) (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby's)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Air Power, 1984 (£2.5-3.5million)
(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim Whitby/ Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

 

 

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Ordovas

Self, Ordovas, 25 Savile Row, London W1, until 13 December

 Self installation view, Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1969 / Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait (Yo Picasso), 1901 Photography by Mike Bruce © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2014 / © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2014

Self installation view, Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1969 / Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait (Yo Picasso), 1901
Photography by Mike Bruce © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2014 / © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2014

This is a show that looks at how the self-portrait has been used in the 20th Century whether it be in celebration, communication even a memento mori and uses four great artists to examine this art form which has been expressed since earliest times..

Self installation view, Damien Hirst, Self Portrait R., 2008 / Jeff Koons, Self-Portrait, 1991, Courtesy of Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev, Ukraine) Photography by Mike Bruce © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, all rights reserved. DACS 2014 / © Jeff Koons

Self installation view, Damien Hirst, Self Portrait R., 2008 / Jeff Koons, Self-Portrait, 1991, Courtesy of Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev, Ukraine)
Photography by Mike Bruce © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, all rights reserved. DACS 2014 / © Jeff Koons

As Pilar Ordovas explains “The idea behind this exhibition grew from a conversation with Damien Hirst and took two initial works as its inspiration – Self-Portrait (Yo Picasso), 1901, and Self-Portrait, 1969 by Francis Bacon. I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the self-portraits of living artists alongside those made by Picasso and Bacon, and I approached Damien to see if he might be interested in participating – he not only was happy to be part of the show, but also suggested the title Self, and that I included Jeff Koons.”

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