Wednesday, January 13, 2016

David Bowie and RCA Secret

How strange that the last post in this blog should reference a David Bowie song so shortly before his sad death.

An awful lot has been written about David Bowie this week but most has understandably focused on the huge contribution he has made to music since the release of Starman in 1972.  But Bowie’s contribution to culture in the UK goes way beyond music.   His commitment to visual arts, in particular digital art, was huge. 
New devotees of RCA secret may also not appreciate that Bowie made a huge contribution to the early years of the sale.  Not only was he a regular contributor to the sale (in the year 2000 the Evening Standard ran a competition where readers could win one of his postcards) but his website was also the sponsor of the sale in the period between 2000 and 2003.  Bowie was an early adopter of the internet and it was through his website that the college first started publishing images of the cards online in 2002. 
How far the world has come since then.   RIP David.

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