Leigh Bowery, ph. Nick Knight .
Leigh Bowery was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model, and fashion designer, based in London. He is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York City art and fashion circles influencing a generation of artists and designers. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds to impact, amongst others, Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny plus numerous Nu-Rave bands and nightclubs in London and New York City which arguably perpetuated his avant garde ideas.
Leigh Bowery inspired them all:
Fashion DesignersLeigh Bowery – Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen Leigh Bowery – Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen Leigh Bowery – John Galliano Trojan, Leigh Bowery – John Galliano John Galliano John Galliano Trojan & Leigh Bowery – Junya watanabe Junya Watanabe Junya Watanabe Junya Watanabe Leigh Bowery – Maison Martin Margiela Maison Martin Margiela Maison Martin Margiela Maison Martin Margiela Leigh Bowery – Maison Martin Margiela Leigh Bowery – Gareth Pugh Gareth Pugh Gareth Pugh Leigh Bowery – Jean Paul Gaultier Jean Paul Gaultier Leigh Bowery – Michael Clark Photography by Sølve Sundsbø
ArtistsBoy George Beth Ditto
Lucian Freuds PaintingsLeigh Bowery & Lucian Freud .
With the Australian artist Leigh Bowery (1961-1994), this catalog devotes itself to one of the most colourful border crossers of the London club, fashion, and art scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Bowery made his sexuality a means of aesthetic expression, and he consciously used his own body in his excessive abundance as an artistic media. His costumes, masquerades, and travesties investigate the concepts of fashion and the body at the boundaries to the most diverse social fields. Bowery employs his own physical bulkiness as the starting point of an extroverted body cult in which the concepts of ugliness and beauty, social standardisation and border crossings intersect. The result was an art figure which influenced in various areas. Bowery thus inspired Lucian Freud to one of his most fascinating nude paintings.He was discovered by the London art dealer Anthony d’Offay in 1988 and this was the start of a cooperation with the Photographer Fergus Greer who would accompany him until his early death in 1994 resulting from an HIV infection.
Editor: Kunstverein Hannover, René Zechlin, Ute Stuffer
Artists: Leigh Bowery
Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon
The definitive biography of one of modern art’s most provocative vanguards Leigh Bowery was one of the most controversial and avant-garde performers of his generation. In this fascinating biography, author Sue Tilley, one of Bowery’s closest friends, lays bare the extravagant life of the trendsetting entertainer. From Bowery’s groundbreaking costumes and performance art, to his notoriety in London’s 1980s nightclub culture, to his role as a favored model for painter Lucian Freud, Tilley’s engrossing portrait offers insight into the outrageous world of 1980s modern art and the man who came to embody it. This ebook features a new postscript by Sue Tilley and an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Leigh Bowery Looks
Leigh Bowery is back. In just a few years, Leigh Bowery Looks rose to the status of being the definitive and indispensible guide to the unique looks designed and, in these photographs, worn by Bowery. This paperback version shows one of Britain’s most heroically ambitious yet underappreciated designers and performance artists. Bowery remains an inspiration to many contemporary fashion designers, though few are willing to admit it. Leigh Bowery Looks contains 300 photographs of Bowery–an extraordinary body of work that was the outcome of his collaboration with British photographer Fergus Greer between 1988 and 1994, the year of Bowery’s death. Here the range of Bowery’s many looks is most evident, as are the ways in which he has influenced the world of fashion today.
Leigh Bowery, ph. Ole Christiansen . .