Yesterday in London, Sotheby’s opened its doors to welcome the public to view the art collection of the late, great David Bowie. Bowie was an avid collector that procured an extensive collection over the years. Whilst Bowie’s name brings in the crowds (it’s what attracted me), there’s actually an excellent collection of art. Names such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Marcel Duchamp are some of the premier artists featured in the collection. The exhibition is two rooms and features over two-dozen works. It’s all a taster to the larger scale exhibition due to take place in November which will be a precursor to the auctioning of 400 works at the aforementioned Sotheby’s.
Bowie looms large over the exhibition, with giant photographs plastered over the walls in quite a gaudy manner. It perhaps detracts from the art if you are a purist but for a Bowie fan such as myself, it added a certain amount of curiosity to the works. The wanderer hopes to engage with the art in the same way as the great man, perhaps hoping to see what he might have seen. It had to be a similar spiritual connection to the art as Bowie as I lack the budget to own one in the same way he did. Nevertheless, a lovely exhibition and I look forward to the bigger and grander return in November.
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