David Bowie in the film clip for Space Oddity: the song would become an anthem for space exploration with an enduring appeal.
Fifty years ago, on July 11, 1969, David Bowie released Space Oddity. With its adventurous orchestration, unsettling harmonics and melancholy narrative, the now classic song captured a moment.
The US president as avant-garde provocateur.
Let us now praise famous men.
Several outstanding women were nominated, but Rainbow Murray, an adviser to the series, says the public vote showed how we’re still more inclined to recognise male achievement.
Rock'n'Roll has long been associated with sexual misconduct but there are signs the industry is waking up to this.
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The singer had Romantic notions in common with the poet – as well as with William Blake, Mary Shelley, and John Keats.
David Bowie performs on his 1974 Diamond Dogs world tour.
David Bowie was the tasteful thief and practised faker, and his 1974 album Diamond Dogs borrowed from everything to create a sublime post-apocalyptic soundscape.
A painting of Alex played by Malcolm McDowell in Stanley Kubrick’s film of A Clockwork Orange.
On the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth – A Clockwork Orange had a profound influence on the cultural and political landscape.
Three stories about researchers who have dabbled in self-experimentation – with varying results.
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‘Look up here I’m in heaven’.
The great polymath’s late output reads like a manual for artists saying goodbye.
Spending a year living life as David Bowie gave me a better understanding of the pop icon’s mind and work.
A Bowie mural in Brixton, London.
Amid the tribute concerts and outpourings of sadness on the anniversary of Bowie’s death, we should be wary of mythologising him.
It’s become a popular meme: 2016 was the worst year ever. We’ll be lucky if it was.
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines at Dark Mofo at the Museum of Old and New Art.
Many great artists died in 2016: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Paul Cox, Shirley Hazzard. It was a year of creative foment and as always, intense debate about the importance of the arts to a thriving, democratic society.
The music video for Justin Bieber’s Sorry is one of the contenders at Sunday’s MTV Music Video Awards.
Justin Bieber Vevo/Youtube
The MTV music video awards will be held on Sunday, putting this under-rated genre in the spotlight. Videos are inseparable from music in the digital age and the best examples deserve to be taken seriously as works of art.
Muhammad Ali pictured in Germany in 1976.
The boxer’s death follows hard on the heels of David Bowie and Prince. The world is losing global icons and learning how to grieve using new and democratic tools.
Beyonce’s baseball bat wielding spree in Lemonade, left, bears more than a passing resemblance to the work of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist.
Left, still from Lemonade (2016), right, still from Ever is Over All (1997)
From Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Kanye and even Rihanna, pop royalty is crazy for high art. Is this a phenomenon worth celebrating or are pop stars mining the art world to gain credibility?
Gaga at the Grammys: theatrical and pure high camp.
Lady Gaga and Lorde have both paid tribute to David Bowie in very different ways. Debating who did it better is rooted in an ideology of authenticity that pits rock against pop. In reality, Bowie embodied both.
Star man: Belgian astronomers reportedly registered a new constellation for the singer.
It contains countless wonders – but all is not what it seems.
January seems to be characterised by deluge of public mourning. But why do we do it?
A still from the music video for Lazarus.
The dark, disturbing imagery of Bowie’s final album recalls how the artist inspired the goth movement of the 1970s and 1980s.