I?d like to be a gallery, Put you all inside my show...
An interesting piece regarding the patronage of Glasgow?s aspiring artists by David Bowie and Bowieart.com appeared in The Sunday Times Scotland last week. Illustrated with a live shot of DB and a detail from Ben Woodeson's tomato-powered radio, the piece by Jay Richardson can be read online in its entirety by clicking on the image above.
Here's a few lines from the piece anyway:
Funded from his own pocket and charging no commission fees to the artists, one such beneficiary of Bowie?s altruism is Ben Woodeson. A 2002 graduate of GSA?s Master of Fine Arts course, his work (a small radio powered by the acidity of hundreds of tomato cans) featured in the site?s exhibition at London?s Piccadilly Underground station that year.
?Doing that show brought me contacts with people who would be unapproachable otherwise,? he says. ?The name certainly helps, but I think Bowieart?s strength is the integrity and quality of the organisation.?
Last year the site expanded to allow artists to remain on its pages after graduation for a nominal fee. ?Hopefully,? says Bowie, ?the new moves within Bowieart will provide even greater access to the work of younger artists.?
Charlotte Edwards, deputy editor of Art Review magazine, believes the site has assumed ?the patronage of yore?. ?It?s a proper resource for artists who have no other way of getting a footing in the dog-eat-dog world of contemporary art,? she says. ?You could view Bowie as a latter-day Medici, someone who?s investing in the future of people without trying to exploit them.
?He?s hugely respected. And he?s working with really innovative young curators. The art-world attendance at any Bowieart event speaks for itself. Everyone pays attention to what they?re doing.?
With the launch of the Bowieart exhibition next year, that audience can only soar.
We'll bring you details of that exhibition when we get them. In the meantime you can view a whole bunch of exciting new stuff by checking out the Student Artists section of Bowieart.com