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SEEN Reviews: David Bowie’s Art Collection

SEEN was very struck by how consistently good and interesting Bowie’s collection was. Such a shame he’s not still here. He could have easily set up a permanent museum of his own to rival the Saatchi Gallery.

SEEN was very struck by how consistently good and interesting Bowie’s collection was. Such a shame he’s not still here. He could have easily set up a permanent museum of his own to rival the Saatchi Gallery.

As I wandered round (twice – so I could take it all in), I chose five pieces that drew me irresistibly. The first object was a colourful Memphis ‘D’Antibes’ Cabinet. Vibrant colours and a playful design reminded me of Jaime Bayon’s work for Barcelona BD. A gleaming piece of sculpture: ‘Botallack by Denis Mitchell seemed both monumental and weightless, such was the perfection of its execution. A disturbing painting: ‘Dawn’ by Odd Nerdrum seemed like just the sort of image that Bowie would have identified with: identical women (clones?) sit in uncomfortable positions on the earth, their faces turned to the sky in attitudes of religious suffering. The same could be said of ‘Three Remembered Heads’ by Ken Currie. Three male heads are depicted with bloody wounds that could be physical or metaphorical, the memory of them giving the incident greater power. SEEN’s favourite piece was Romuald Hazoumé’s ‘Le Saxophoniste’ (The Saxophonist) constructed from found objects. The piece epitomised the joy of music and the mutability of materials that we throw away as trash.

 

Memphis 'D'Antibes' Gabinete.
Memphis ‘D’Antibes’ Gabinete.
Botallack by Denis Mitchell.
Botallack by Denis Mitchell.
‘Dawn’ by Odd Nerdrum.
‘Dawn’ by Odd Nerdrum.
‘Three Remembered Heads’ by Ken Currie.
‘Three Remembered Heads’ by Ken Currie.
Romuald Hazoumé’s ‘Le Saxophoniste’.
Romuald Hazoumé’s ‘Le Saxophoniste’.

The exhibition is open until the 10th November. SEEN recommends that you try and catch a last glance of Bowie’s enduring creative genius all in one place.

Part I: Modern & Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November 2016
Part II: Modern & Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November 2016
Part III: Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November 2016

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