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.”
NEW YORK – When he was asked to create the cover for Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, George Condo produced a portrait of the rapper that came as a shock to many. Yet it was nothing new for the artist, whose unsettling and often lurid portraits brim with compelling oddness and grotesque beauty. Steeped in American postwar art and the European painting tradition – a young Condo worked for Warhol’s Factory, befriended Basquiat and Haring, then lived in Paris for a decade – his work blends pop culture with art history, often echoing the lexicon of Picasso, Goya and Bacon. A remarkable example of what Condo calls “Psychological Cubism,” Woman on Brown Chair captures an unsettling moment of mental chaos, when the subject’s contradictory emotions are visible all at once. Is she exposed to us in a moment of despair? The sitter gazes out with jarring eyes, crooked smile and protruding jaw, engaging the viewer in an uncomfortable visual exchange that is both repulsive and captivating. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 work Hannibal led the charge in the Contemporary Art Evening Auction, reaching £10.6 million, against the backdrop of a lively saleroom during Frieze week in London. Other star lots included Peter Doig's Grasshopper, which sold for £5.9 million, and Gerhard Richter's Garten, 1982, which after fierce bidding achieved £9 million, also more than double its high estimate. Preceding this was The Italian Sale, which saw captivating works offered by artists such as Mimmo Rotella, Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri, whose striking Rosso Plastica 5, 1962, sold for £4.7 million. Click ahead to view the top results from both sales, which together totalled £71.3 million. VIEW SLIDESHOW
As the art world descends upon London for Frieze, Sotheby’s invited guests to enjoy a private view of five upcoming sales at New Bond Street at an event sponsored by Mamont Vodka. Highlights from this week’s London Italian Sale, Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales were on display alongside a preview of highlights from November’s New York Impressionist & Modern Art and Contemporary sales. Click ahead to see highlights from the evening. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
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