Times Live | Sean O’Toole:

“I love this country,” enthused David Bowie in a lengthy article he wrote after visiting South Africa in 1995. “It’s very cool.” The article, which appeared in the summer 1995 edition of English art magazine Modern Painters, offers a fascinating portrait of the performer’s spirited encounter with artists from the continent in newly democratic South Africa. Running to five pages and lavishly illustrated, the article is framed around his visit to Johannesburg (“an urban nightmare … and really exciting”), which was hosting its inaugural art biennale… Read more

Image: JIVA: Bruce Weber’s photo (detail) shows Iman dancing on a township street for a Vogue spread on Iman and Bowie’s visit to South Africa in 1995