LONDON – This November, Sotheby’s will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing some 400 items from the private collection of legendary musician David Bowie. At the heart of of the sale is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.
NEW YORK – The modern world versus wilderness. The individual versus society. Fiction versus reality. When it comes to portraying dichotomies, few blur the lines like British artist Henry Hudson. After a massively successful exhibition at Sotheby's S|2 in London last year, Hudson is making his New York debut with Sun City Tanning, an entirely new body of work to be shown in our S|2 galleries from 14 September to 14 October 2016. Taking on the awe-inspiring subject of botany, Hudson is producing eight large-scale paintings with imagined tropical environments. Using his favoured medium Plasticine, a clay-like material most commonly associated with kids’ crafts, the artist has gained recognition for uniquely transforming his art into a hybrid of painting and sculpture. There’s no question that Hudson’s luxuriant jungle scenes will allow him to expand on his medium with astoundingly rich details, colour and texture.
The 28 June sale of Contemporary Art achieved £52.2 million and affirmed that London remains a vibrant, global hub for the art market, despite the previous week’s Brexit vote. Watch Alex Branczik, Head of Contemporary Art, Europe, for a post-auction report on a remarkable evening that set records for works by Jenny Saville and Keith Haring.
David Bowie was a musician, actor and icon, as well as a publisher, curator and magazine editor with Modern British art at the heart of those passions. Born in South London, it’s perhaps no surprise that he was drawn to chroniclers of the capital’s streets such as Harold Gilman and Frank Auerbach while he also collected St Ives-based painter Peter Lanyon in particular depth. However, his collection is by no means limited to British art alone and also encompasses Contemporary African art, self-taught artists from Vienna’s Gugging institution, as well as designs by Ettore Sottsass and the revolutionary Memphis group. Click ahead to see selected highlights from the collection, set to be unveiled in its entirety in the coming weeks and months. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
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