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See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">Air Power (1984)
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">Air Power (1984)
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film BasquiatAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musicianAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">helloAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">household gloss on canvas
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Damien Hirst" data-rightCaption="Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Damien Hirst
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">Glacier (Bone) (1950)
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">36.5 by 40.5 cm.; 14½ by 16 in.Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">36.5 by 40.5 cm.; 14½ by 16 in.Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">designed 1986
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">20 x 6 x 10 cm
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">20 x 6 x 10 cm
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">acrylicAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">105 by 105 cm. 41 by 41 in.
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">105 by 105 cm. 41 by 41 in.
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">oil on board
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">oil on board
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">yeah! I want to sound like that looksAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">as quoted in The New York Times in 1998. Bowie loved the richAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">and clearly felt a deep affinity with the artistAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">‘‘OhAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">yeah! I know!’ But that same paintingAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">can produce in me an incredible feeling of the triumph of trying to express myself as an artistAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Frank Auerbach (Born 1931)" data-rightCaption="Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">when Bowie lent the work to Auerbach’s much-heralded retrospective in 2001.

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Frank Auerbach (Born 1931)
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">Figure Lying on Its Side (Version 3) (conceived in 1957)
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">length: 79c m.; 31 in.

Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">One of a number of sculptors who exhibited at the 1952 Venice BiennaleAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">who also are represented in this collection)Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">and without the titleAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">and without the titleAir Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)">Picos de Asturias (1935)
Air Power (1984)
signed, titled and dated 1984 on the reverse
acrylic and oilstick on canvas
The connection between Bowie and Basquiat has previously been established on film in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat, in which Bowie played the role of the young artist’s mentor and collaborator, Andy Warhol. It is clear that Bowie felt a strong connection to the artist and his method: “It comes as no surprise to learn that he [Basquiat] had a not-so-hidden ambition to be a rock musician,” Bowie wrote in Modern Painters in 1996. “His work relates to rock in ways that very few other visual artists get near. He seemed to digest the frenetic flow of passing image and experience, put them through some kind of internal reorganization and dress the canvas with this resultant network of chance.”

See the forthcoming set of Bowie/Collector auction catalogues here.; Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

In London in November, Sotheby's will auction off around 400 art and design objects from the personal collection of David Bowie, who died in January. The chameleonic, charismatic musician-actor left behind an impressive array of modern art, particularly by 20th-century Brits. Damien Hirst, Graham Sutherland and sculptor Henry Moore are all represented, as are Jean-Michel Basquiat and Marcel Duchamp. Bowie's personal stereo, a Brionvega Radiophonograph, also will be offered for sale and is on display.

Prior to the auction, the collection is touring the United States. Its first stop is Sotheby's Los Angeles, where it can be viewed by the public on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 20 and 21. Here's an exclusive first look at what will be on display at Sotheby's next week.

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