Space Oddity

Phonograph Record
06/1969 - 09/1969 (recorded), 11/1969 (released)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The title and subject of Space Oddity is said to have been influenced by William Anders' Earthrise, the first colour photograph of earth from space in 1968. In 2003 Earthrise appeared in Life magazine's 100 Photographs that Changed the World.

The cover of Space Oddity features an optical art design by Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) from his Folklore Planetaire series. Optical art was very popular in the 1960s and lead to designs being printed on fabric and used in fashion.

The V&A holds in it's collections both a c-type photographic print of Earthrise and a screenprint of the design by Vasarely used on the cover of Space Oddity.



object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Vinyl and printed card
Brief Description
David Bowie Space Oddity LP, released in 1969
Physical Description
Vinyl LP record for the Space Oddity album by David Bowie. Featuring a photograph of Bowie's head overlaid on an optical spotted design from Victor Vasarely's Folklore Planetaire series. The words David Bowie run across the top of the design, and the Philips logo is in the top right corner.
Dimensions
  • Height: 8.5cm
  • Fanned out width: 8.5cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
DAVID BOWIE (Printed on cover in capital letters)
Gallery Label
[G4.3 – label 4 on strip] Keyword: ILLUSION Space Oddity David Bowie 1969 Bowie’s second album is a collage of musical style and influences, from the Bee Gees to Marc Bolan and Bob Dylan. The title track has remained the most famous, but others including ‘Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud’ and ‘Memory of a Free Festival’ have remained in Bowie’s repertoire throughout his career. V&A: S.434-2013 [2D-0412] (22/02/2013)
Subject depicted
Summary
The title and subject of Space Oddity is said to have been influenced by William Anders' Earthrise, the first colour photograph of earth from space in 1968. In 2003 Earthrise appeared in Life magazine's 100 Photographs that Changed the World.



The cover of Space Oddity features an optical art design by Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) from his Folklore Planetaire series. Optical art was very popular in the 1960s and lead to designs being printed on fabric and used in fashion.



The V&A holds in it's collections both a c-type photographic print of Earthrise and a screenprint of the design by Vasarely used on the cover of Space Oddity.



Collection
Accession Number
S.434-2013

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record createdMarch 12, 2013
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