23 March – 11 August 2013
The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of his extraordinary career. David Bowie Is will showcase more than 300 objects, such as handwritten lyrics, original costumes, film, set designs and instruments – exploring Bowie’s perpetual self-reinvention over five decades and tracing his history as one of the most pioneering cultural icons of modern times.
Based on advance ticket sales, the exhibit is set to be the most successful show in the museum’s 161-year history.
Bowie’s first album in a decade, The Next Day is being released on March 11th.
A bit late on posting this, but the always busy Folkert Gorter has launched a new site with some beautiful literary and visual work. Check it out.
Vaka Valo recently shared some work with us and I was curious to learn more about his process, so I asked him. Here’s a bit of background on his latest series:
The project “Antarctica” is my ongoing investigation/documentation of the occurrences I encounter on the ground surfaces of public underground parking garages (usually hospitals) in the middle of the night, while balancing my time between East Asia and Europe. These “paintings” made by tires, shoes, spills, leaks, are in a constant state of transition, like the anonymous people, cars, and machines that made them. Sometimes, I have revisited a particular site only to find the original raw material faded, added upon, painted over, or completely gone. It is surprising how something ignored on the ground can become beautiful, when placed into a different context. For example, the third composition is actually a photo-gram of bird shit. But it looks like a painting. And it is a painting. Just not a painting made with canvas, paint, or brushes.
Maya Singh is a photographer from Chandigarh, India. Her tumblr has an impressive amount of beautifully composed photos. Thanks for the email.
Leah Durant is a recent grad living in Yorkshire, England. She is a multidisciplinary artist working with found images and photography to printmaking and drawing. Thanks for the email.