Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol in "Basquiat" (1996). © Miramax Films
Since his passing on January 10, two days after the release of his final album "Blackstar," there is an outpouring of affection for David Bowie. A constellation was named after him by Belgian astronomers, and rockers like Bruce Springsteen played Rebel Rebel in tribute. On Sunday, Bowie's final album made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It is his first No. 1 album, reports Billboard.
Street art of David Bowie next to Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister in Los Angeles I LAist photo by Danny Jensen.
A 1998 New York Times interview with Bowie talking about the art he made and collected was reprinted January 14.
LAS VEGAS NOTE: "These shows were mostly shows of brand new, emerging artists. A lot of the shows weren’t sellable because they were installations, but they needed to be seen."
Gina Quaranto in a Blackbird Studio exit interview with Las Vegas Weekly.
“Well, every decision, aesthetic decision, has a value behind it,” Frida—wearing a mask and a name tag that read “Frida”—said. “And if all the decisions are being made by the same people, then the art will never look like the whole of our culture. And right now the art world is kind of run by billionaire art collectors who buy art that appeals to their values. We say art should look like the rest of our culture. The history of art, it’s not really a history of art, it’s a history of power.” ArtNews
On "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" the Guerrilla Girls talked about the History Of Art vs. The History Of Power. Full Segment.
Circus of Light, Ocubo, Lumiere London 2016. Photo, Will Eckersley. Courtesy of Artichoke
Eva Recinos on the "whimsical light pieces and interactive works" of London. I The Creators Project
University of Luxembourg concludes the international art market is "overheating, creating the potential for a 'severe correction' in the postwar and contemporary and American segments." Works from the so-called “zombie formalism” artists are already deflating. I The Guardian
Galleries are responding to the public’s interest in African-American artists. I ARTSY
The User's Manual on The Turkish Contemporary Art movement has been updated I LATimes Review of Books
Masayoshi Sukita , Heroes Contact Print (Piece No. 32), 1977. Copyright Masayoshi Sukita
MORE BOWIE: Masayoshi Sukita's cover photo for Bowie’s “Heroes” album was an homage to the 1917 Erich Heckel painting "Roquairol".
Courtesy Lindsey Bartlett.
On behalf of Denver's street art community, Lindsey Bartlett, Social Media Editor at Westword, claims victory for this "salute to David Kilmister. Or Lemmy Bowie."
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.