Modem NY&LA Spring Summer 2014
Cover by David Bowie
“As was the case with Miles Davis in jazz, Bowie has come not just to represent his innovations but to symbolize modern rock as an idiom in which
literacy, art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary can be rolled into one” - Rolling Stone magazine.
Bowie is the man who elevated his music to what can only be described as an art form.
David Robert Jones was born in Brixton on January 8, 1947. Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, David Bowie inhabits a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision. Unwilling to stay on the treadmill of rock legend and avoiding the descent into ever demeaning and decreasing circles of cliché, Bowie writes and performs what he wants, when he wants.
The Victoria and Albert Museum of London has been given unprecedented
access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international
retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie: “David Bowie is”.
This exhibition is exploring the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.
For this exhibition the V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics,
original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. The retrospective brings to the fore the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.
Direct from the V&A, the exhibition “David Bowie is...” is now hosted by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on it’s first stop on its world tour. Offering North America its first chance to take an odyssey through the world of pioneering artist David Bowie.
“David Bowie is...” 25 September to 27 November 2013 Art Gallery of Ontario - 317 Dundas St W - Toronto, Ontario, Canada