In his 1998 novel, author William Boyd created a fictional abstract expressionist painter named Nat Tate, and fooled the art world with a little help from his 'Modern Painters' magazine colleague David Bowie. Sotheby’s sale of David Bowie’s art collection, Bowie/Collector, will take place in London on 10–11 November.
Art critic and author Matthew Collings first met David Bowie in 1997 when Bowie was the publisher of his book. Struck by the late icon’s artistic passion, Collings reflects on the works comprising Bowie/Collector to be offered at Sotheby’s London on 10–11 November. Ahead of the sale, watch the video to discover how Bowie’s art collection reflects his fascination with those outside society, or as Collings puts it, “the romantic Bohemian.”
The second part of the Bowie/Collector auction reveals the full extent of David Bowie’s eclectic and understated collection. Alongside paintings, drawings and sculpture by 20th-century British artists, there are German Expressionist prints, Picasso ceramics, collections of Contemporary African and Outsider Art, and a Surrealist chess set by Man Ray, all of which provide a unique insight into Bowie’s artistic vision and his passionate collecting journey. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
The evening auction of Bowie/Collector on 10 November includes the most important pieces from the collection. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s magnificent Air Power leads the sale, at the heart of which is Bowie’s collection of 20th-century British Art, which moves from Harold Gilman’s Interior (Mrs Mounter), painted during the First World War, to works by Damien Hirst from the 1990s. The selection is embellished by key works by Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia, as well as a 16th-century Venetian altarpiece by Tintoretto. Click ahead to see selected highlights from the auction. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
A new generation of emerging artists are set to benefit from the upcoming sale from the estate of artist couple Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden in November. The auction of 90 works will enable the exciting redevelopment of Durham Wharf, under the direction of Turner Prize-winning architects, Assemble. Trevelyan and Fedden were adamant that this unique London studio complex should continue to be used to nurture artistic practice and creative collaboration, serving as a potent reminder of their legacy. The works offered for auction span a period of 80 years, and demonstrate this extraordinary couple’s unrivalled contribution to British art. They were key figures not just as teachers – Fedden taught David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj at the Royal College – but as mentors and initiators of the thriving scene at Durham Wharf. Whilst their work differed in style, they shared a passion for creating networks amongst other artists, forging life-long friendships with the residents at the wharf from the 1940s and beyond. Click ahead to see highlights from the sale. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Bowie/Collector – Part I: Modern and Contemporary Art, Evening Auction
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