“David Bowie”

Beth Greenacre: A Sharing Journey with David Bowie

AMA is honoured to have talked to Beth Greenacre, the curator of David Bowie’s collection. This interview “gives us an insight into what an incredible mind David had, what a passion he had, and the phenomenal ways in which he saw the world”.   What is your background? I graduated from Courtauld in London in 1997 and started working as David Bowie’s curator in 2000. In 2005, I launched Rokeby which is a commercial contemporary gallery based in London working with emerging and mid-career artists. During all this time, I have worked with other private collectors as well, predominantly in the Modern British and Contemporary field.   How did you first meet David Bowie? And how did you start to work with him? David had started his collecting in mid-1990s. I first met David in 1999 through his previous curator, Kate Chertavian. She left the position in 2000.   How many collectors have you worked with so far during your career? What kind of collector would you describe David Bowie as? I have been very selective in working with collectors because of the in-depth and involved relationships I have with them and their collections. I spend a lot of time with them building and maintaining their collections. At the moment I work closely with five clients. David invested in his collection emotionally and intellectually; he completely immersed himself in a phenomenal way. It was almost like his full-time job, although he already had many full-time jobs! He was incredibly inquisitive and academic and did an awful lot of research; he had an amazing library of art books but also visited the artists where he could, spoke with curators, museum directors and visited galleries and institutions. He was definitely a hands-on, all-round collector – he tried to get into the...

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Sotheby’s makes $752.3 million in one week

With an average of 85 % of lots sold, Sotheby’s reaped $752.3 million in one week through its sale of the David Bowie collection in London, and its sale of 20th and 21st century art in New York, and jewellery in Geneva. Sotheby’s has thus gone over its global estimate of $180 million. Sotheby’s president and CEO Tad Smith declared: “Sotheby’s has demonstrated that its consigning clients should be confident about the state of the markets, and its shareholders should be enthusiastic about...

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David Bowie retrospective to visit Chicago

The popular David Bowie exhibition “David Bowie Is”, which appeared at the V&A last year, is to feature at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art from 23 September 2014 to 4 January 2015.  Last year’s showing of the exhibition, which contains over 400 objects from the David Bowie Archive, was so popular that counterfeit tickets were sold. In expectation of similarly high demand, MCA Chicago has set up a special hotline for Bowie-related enquiries. They will also be offering a programme of performances inspired by the legendary musician, including interpretations of Bowie classics by local performers. An accompanying documentary about the exhibition will open on 23 September in theatres across...

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“Imaginary” works at London’s National Portrait Gallery

London, 23 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). London’s National Portrait Gallery is to feature “Imaginary Portraits”, an exhibition of works by Pop Artist Derek Boshier, to run between 28 September and May 2014. The show features the artist’s oil-on-canvas portrait of David Bowie, on display in the UK for the first time. Painted in New York in 1980, the work was made whilst Bowie was rehearsing for his role in Bernard Pomerance’s play The Elephant Man; based on the life of a 19th century man who exhibited bodily deformities as a circus performer, the production required Bowie to distort his own features, holding unnatural poses for long periods. Bowie discussed this role with Boshier in his studio, resulting in the painted portrait. The show features a selection of other portraits by Bothier, which present invented people, or representations of real individuals which incorporate fantasy. Commenting on the show, Paul Moorhouse, Curator, 20th Century, at the National Portrait Gallery, says: ‘Derek Boshier is celebrated as one of the founders of Pop Art in the early 1960s. But his distinctive contribution to portraiture, combining observation and fantasy, is less well known. This display explores the role of imagination in making portraits, and it illuminates Boshier’s innovatory approach to a traditional genre.’ Born in 1937, Derek Boshier works in various media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and film. The exhibition is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing Interventions series of displays curated by Paul Moorhouse, begun in...

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Forthcoming Exhibitions at London’s V&A Museum

London, 27 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 23 March to 11 August 2013, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is to present David Bowie Is, the first retrospective of the singer’s career. Sponsored by Gucci and Sennheiser, the exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the past five decades, including hand-written lyrics, original costumes, photographs, set designs, album art work, and rare performance material. Also featured are collaborative works between Bowie and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre and film. Other forthcoming shows at the museum include Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Place, which is to run from 28 June- 20 October. Based on a work of fiction by author Hari Kunzru, the exhibition is composed of specially-commissioned interactive installations which offer an immersive reading of Kunzru’s story. Closing on 14 July, the V&A’s current exhibition is Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts & the Russian Tsars. Featuring objects from the courts of Henry VIII- Charles II, Ivan IV (the ’Terrible’) and the early Romanovs, the show examines the development of trade between the UK and...

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