David Bowie tops list for his influence over the past 50 years
The late David Bowie has been named Britain’s most influential artist of the past 50 years for his ability to transcend music, film and fashion.
The star man icon tops Sky Arts list of 50 influential artists before the Oscar 12 years of slavery filmmaker Steve McQueen and It’s a sin writer Russell T Davies, who revived Doctor Who in 2005.
Artists such as the Spice Girls, Elton John, Stormzy and Boy George were among those featured, alongside actors Michaela Coel and Steve Coogan.
Street artist Banksy also made an appearance on the list, as did filmmaker Ridley Scott and fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen.
Comedians Ricky Gervais and Victoria Wood appeared alongside entertainer Tracey Emin and Skin, lead singer of rock band Skunk Anansie, who were Glastonbury’s first black headliner in 1999.
The list recognizes renowned artists in the categories of visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, music, film and television.
The judging panel, led by broadcaster and DJ Lauren Laverne, was challenged by broadcaster Sky Arts to create the list and crowned Bowie for his ability to transcend a variety of mediums.
Laverne said: “I was honored to be chosen to take part in this judging day for Sky Arts, because working with such a respected group of judges I knew their conversations would be fascinating, and they did. summer.
“The judges took so much time and care with their scoring to ensure that the Top 50, Top 20 and Top 10 lists were truly the best of the best in terms of influence, and the final list are artists who deserve so much their place.
“David Bowie’s arrival in the front row was the icing on the cake of a brilliant judging process, and it was great to be a part of it.”
Bowie, one of the most influential and revered musicians of the 20th century, died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday.
A unique portrait of the singer-songwriter was crafted from more than 8,500 individually placed guitar picks – each featuring a cut-out shape to symbolize all artistic disciplines influenced by Bowie.
Artist Joe Black, who created the two-metre tall piece, said: “This portrait was created to celebrate David Bowie’s nomination as the most influential artist of the past 50 years.
“Its visual representation had a huge impact on all the arts in the world.
“The idea was to use thousands of specially designed picks, each design representing one of the five artistic areas of Bowie’s creative life and influences – music, film, fashion, literature and art. .
“Bowie was a maverick and global icon who launched a new Bowie era in popular culture.”
Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said: “As the number one artist, we wanted to honor David Bowie in a way that matches the scale of his influence.
“The artwork created by Joe Black pays homage to how Bowie’s influence transcends genres, through guitar picks with cut-out designs from music, art, stage and screen. “
Source: Press Association
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