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 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
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
David Bowie was not just a collector of art, but an informed authority on the subject. This was most clearly demonstrated in his role as an active member on the Editorial Board of Modern Painters magazine, and the founding of his arts publishing house, 21. He contributed regular in-depth interviews with artists such as Tracey Emin, Balthus and Damien Hirst. Click ahead to read Bowie's observations on the art and artists that surrounded and fascinated him. LAUNCH 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