Sunday, August 5, 2018
David Bowie Is... (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago: Exhibition Catalogues) Hardcover – Special Edition, April 16, 2013 by Victoria Broackes (Editor), Geoffrey Marsh (Editor) ( Victoria and Albert Museum)
This could stand in as an actual biography of Bowie and his creative process. It covers Ecerything. You can flip thru it at any point and read. It is jam packed with photos of him in all his fashionable glory. The photos range from actual photos of concert costumes taken for his museum retrospective, set designs and drawings from his concerts, videos and films, plus tons, Tons of luxurious pictures of him from photo shoots, magazine spreads and candid shots. It's a good fashion book, art book, biography of an individual artist and music book. It weighs to the visual side (Bowie is a VISUAL, visionary artist) in presentation, but their is plenty of well-written factual and theoretical information in tow. If you really love Bowie this will only make you love him more.
David Bowie’s career as a pioneering artist spanned nearly 50 years and brought him international acclaim. He continues to be cited as a major influence on contemporary artists and designers working across the creative arts.
This book, published to accompany the blockbuster international exhibition launched at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, is the only volume that grants access to Bowie’s personal archive of performance costumes, ephemera, and original design artwork by the artist, bringing it together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. The book traces his career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of Space Oddity and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and on to his enormous impact on 20th-century avant-garde music and art. Essays by V&A curators on Bowie’s London, image, and influence on the fashion world are complemented by Howard Goodall on musicology; Camille Paglia on gender and decadence, and Jon Savage on Bowie’s relationship with William Burroughs and his fans. The more than 300 color illustrations include personal and performance photographs, album covers, costumes, original lyric sheets, and much more.