‘David Bowie is’ at Brooklyn Museum tix on sale (and see a sneak preview)
As mentioned, David Bowie is presents approximately 400 objects drawn primarily from the David Bowie Archive, including the artist’s original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets from famous songs, original album art, photographs, and videos, all tracing Bowie’s creative process from his teenage years in England through his last twenty years, when he resided in New York City. You can get get a sneak peek at 15 of the items over at Entertainment Weekly.
In other recent Bowie news, the David Bowie: The Last Five Years documentary got its US premiere at DOC NYC over the weekend and it comes to HBO in January. Here's an excerpt of Variety's review of the film:
In “The Last Five Years,” we see clips of Bowie culled from throughout his career, and we sit around with the musicians he made those last two albums with, and with his longtime producer, the genial Tony Visconti, all of whom recall him with fondness and insight. It was a special time in Bowie’s life: more relaxed but more guarded. He’d unplugged from the circus of celebrity (he’s quoted as calling fame “a very luxuriant mental hospital,” in which you’re cared for like a patient but locked up), and he wanted no pressure. So the recording of “The Next Day” was conducted without a deadline and under conditions of extreme secrecy; he even had the musicians sign NDAs. There’s a lingering wistfulness to the tale of how he recorded “Where Are We Now?,” the rapturous slow song in which he looks back on his time in late-’70s Berlin with the strangely un-Bowie-esque emotion of nostalgia. You might call it a sentimental track, except that it’s filled with ghosts.
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There's also a new book, Ricochet : David Bowie 1983, by Bowie photographer Denis O'Regan coming in May 2018. It's "a limited edition fine art book with hundreds of personal and intimate images of David Bowie from Denis & David’s archives, many shared for the first time ever." There's also a collector edition limited to 2000 copies that "includes fine art limited edition photographic prints and other rare, unique and collectable extras."