On view from 6 January to 21 February 2020, BOWIE: From Major Tom to Major Arcana presents a case study of a rare set of five hand-pulled silkscreen prints, known as the Arcane Series, created by David Bowie in November 1975. The exhibition offers an intriguing window into the alternative influences of the mystical and esoteric that pervaded the singer’s private and public personas of the late 1960’s through the 1970's.
The Arcane Series reflects iconography which manifests boldly in songs such as Quicksand (1971), Station to Station (1976) and fascinatingly also Lazarus, from Bowie’s final album, Blackstar (2016). This life-long spiritual journey takes us into the study of Zen Buddhism, the teachings of Kabbalah, tarot cards, divination and wider occultism, reconstructing the complicated network of imagery that drove Bowie’s quest for higher answers.
Speaking on the exhibition, Mark Maurice (CEO & Gallery Founder) said, 'In addition to these rarely exhibited works, unseen by the public since Bowie’s first solo exhibition David Bowie: New Afro/Pagan and Work 1975-1995, we will also be showing drawings, paintings and iconic photography from the many fruitful collaborations Bowie had with other leading artists across the years.'
Featured artists include: David Bowie, Derek Boshier, Brian Duffy, Tony McGee, Geoff MacCormack, Tony O’Neill, Masayoshi Sukita and others.
A private, invitation-only viewing will be held on Thursday 9 January 2020 at Masterpiece Art in Holland Park. All artworks will be available for purchase on the night.
The private view is sponsored by Supreme Jets and Sandie ‘The Spice Guy’ Vara with promotion by Business Live UK Ltd. Applications for tickets to the private view are available from Eventbrite and to purchase, please visit: http://davidbowieartexpo.eventbrite.co.uk/.
Masterpiece Art is offering a donation from artwork and catalogue sales to support the Friends of the Children of Orissa, a charity who finances a boarding school for over 400 deprived or destitute girls in Orissa, one of the poorest states in India.