David Bowie was an Artist

Dhead XXXVIII
Dhead XXXVIII
(1995)
Arcylic and computer collage on canvas
25 x 20 cm

 

 

 

Self Portraiy (Mustique)
Self Portrait (Mustique)(2002)
Lithograph on Fabriano paper
24 x 19 cm

“My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter. The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety, all of the high points of one’s life.” – David Bowie

 

“…I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.” – Susan Sontag

INTERVIEWER

Do you think much about the audience for your books?

SONTAG

Don’t dare. Don’t want to. But, anyway, I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.

– Paris Review, The Art of Fiction No. 143

Walter Benjamin quote

“The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against Fascism. One reason why Fascism has a chance is that in the name of progress its opponents treat it as a historical norm. The current amazement that the things we are experiencing are ‘still’ possible in the twentieth century is not philosophical. This amazement is not the beginning of knowledge–unless it is the knowledge that the view of history which gives rise to it is untenable.”
– Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” (Spring, 1940) trans. Harry Zohn.