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David Bowie (British, 1947-2016).
Printed by Laura Ashley
David Bowie’s legacy is a work of art in itself; his ever-changing music and appearance became iconic within his body of work, much like stanzas within a visual artist’s oeuvre — in this case, Picasso’s Cubist period. Bowie’s ability to reinvent himself was as unforgettable as his music, and he never failed to shock and then delight.
A collaboration between David Bowie and designer Laura Ashley has that initially unexpected but then beguiling impact. 10-15 full rolls of wallpaper were printed on the occasion of Bowie’s exhibition New Afro Pagan Work: 1975-1995 at a London gallery. The design features a Minotaur, one of Picasso’s most beloved subjects, and the repeated image is set against a backdrop of traditional English chintz. It exemplifies noteworthy imagery in 20th-century art, offset by a floral pattern ubiquitous of the Laura Ashley aesthetic.
The collision of art, life, fashion & music has yielded remarkable mashups of culture, such as Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground record cover or Takashi Murakami’s Louis Vuitton bags. When the avant-garde meets the utilitarian, memorable creations result and the present lots fulfill that unpredictably delicious recipe.
This piece is final sale and not eligible for return.
Roll partially examined.
First 8 inches of the rolled sheet with minor wear at edges.
Some spots with associated pigment loss.
Two areas of adhesive remnants.
Verso with extremely pale, slightly uneven discoloration.
Sheet: Width 21.00 in / 53.35 cm, Length 393.70 in / 1000 cm