Isolar

Poster Magazine
1976 (designed)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This newsprint programme was designed by David Bowie for his 1976 world tour, Isolar, also known as 'The Thin White Duke' tour or 'Station to Station' tour. It features many photographs taken in the preceding months, from the recording of Station to Station and the filming of Nic Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth. The tour started in Vancouver at the beginning of February 1976, taking in North America, arriving in Europe in April 1976, and finishing in Paris on 18 May 1976.

The performances began with a projected sequence from Buñuel and Dali's 1928 film Un Chien Andalou, depicting a razor blade cutting into an eyeball. The stage set incorporated banks of fluorescent white light set against black backdrops, creating a stark spectacle on a stage largely devoid of props or other visual distractions.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 6 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Posters
  • Magazines
  • Posters
  • Magazines
  • Posters
  • Magazines
  • Posters
  • Magazines
  • Posters
  • Magazines
  • Posters
  • Magazines
Materials and Techniques
Offset lithography on newsprint
Brief Description
'Isolar' poster magazine, produced as the programme of the 1976 David Bowie Isolar tour. Newsprint.
Physical Description
Folded newsprint programme, in two parts, featuring several pages of colour photographs of David Bowie.
Dimensions
  • Unfolded height: 59cm
  • Unopened width: 38.5cm
Credit line
Given by Geoffrey Simm
Subject depicted
Summary
This newsprint programme was designed by David Bowie for his 1976 world tour, Isolar, also known as 'The Thin White Duke' tour or 'Station to Station' tour. It features many photographs taken in the preceding months, from the recording of Station to Station and the filming of Nic Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth. The tour started in Vancouver at the beginning of February 1976, taking in North America, arriving in Europe in April 1976, and finishing in Paris on 18 May 1976.



The performances began with a projected sequence from Buñuel and Dali's 1928 film Un Chien Andalou, depicting a razor blade cutting into an eyeball. The stage set incorporated banks of fluorescent white light set against black backdrops, creating a stark spectacle on a stage largely devoid of props or other visual distractions.
Collection
Accession Number
S.1101:1 to 2-2010

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record createdJune 21, 2010
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