As a huge David Bowie fan in my teenage years, the man , his music and his style, have always remained a source of fascination to me.
My son Tom ,who works in the Contemporary Art Department in Sotheby`s, has been involved in the last few months, and more intensely in the last two weeks, in the sale of David Bowies own art collection-Bowie Collector, and all that it entails-the dinners, the lectures, the parties, the Private Views, and now this amazing sale of eclectic artworks; paintings, furniture and ceramics from the revolutionary Memphis group, has captured the imagination of art lovers and David Bowie fans alike.
David understood the power of the image better than any musician who ever lived, and of course when I look back, I think it is this that I loved most about him. The visual impact of his constant re-invention, was both new and exciting, and at the time quite ground breaking. I did, and still do, love his music as well, of course!
Ideas often arrive in pictures to us, and more and more it`s the visual image that inspires love, hate ..a reaction.
“Art was, seriously, the only thing I`d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I`m going through.”
Yesterday we visited the pre-sale ( to be held 10th and 11th November), exhibition at the Sothebys galleries in Bond Street. Oh Wow again!
He worked with several curators who helped him to look at, and seek out art to buy, and it has been fascinating to me to listen to the interviews online with these experts who inspired, and were inspired by his passion and the world of modern art that he elected to enter.
The art is exhibited in several different rooms, with different lighting, Bowie music playing, and large black and white images of Bowie blown up and mounted on the walls, which adds to the whole experience.
There are so many pieces that I covet. The Damien Hirst Spin paintings, one of which he did with David in 1995, the Ivon Hitchens abstracts, the gorgeous Peter Lanyon Travalgon painting ( and I usually do not like green ), the fabulous St Ives Harbour by Winifred Nicholson, and the striking Caulfield.
What I found most poignant ,was the quote from Bowie about the painting Head of Gerda Boehm by Frank Auerbach . It is a typical Auerbach slightly tortured picture, painted in 1965, and to me could portray either agony or ecstasy or even serenity.
David Bowie said, ” I wish I could sing how this picture is painted”.
I will be glued to the Sothebys website on Thursday at 7pm to watch the auction of first 47 lots live. And I predict HUGE prices, from those who not only love great art, can afford the amazing amounts of money, but wish to have a part of the icon that is David Bowies life.