To call David Bowie “fascinating” is, at this point, redundant. The late icon has influenced more than music, being an important figure in all avenues of visual culture and performance. But in the wake of his death, what can be explored are the individual facets of his interests themselves, through entry points such as his personal art collection.
Sotheby’s, which is auctioning off Bowie’s collection and currently touring select pieces across the globe in Bowie/Collector, has certainly had no trouble showcasing not only the legend’s interest in the art world, but his involvement as well. An avid collector, he also wrote for Modern Painters magazine in the 1990s, interviewing the likes of Balthus, Tracey Emin, and Damien Hirst.
“He wrote about the artists that he was interested in,” Simon Hucker, a senior specialist in Modern and Post-War British art at Sotheby’s, told Fashion Unfiltered. He also revealed that the singer, despite being private in his collecting, never refused a loan to a museum.