21 Publishing is a small, independent illustrated art book publishing company. It is a co-venture set up by David Bowie, Sir Timothy Sainsbury, gallery-owner Bernard Jacobson, and Karen Wright, editor of Modern Painters.

"Small publishing houses are rapidly disappearing; we have a chance to do things that might not get through big committees."
Karen Wright - The Times, London 19/5/97

Art is not elite any more. We want to keep the writing accessible - the same number of people who go to rock concerts go to museums and galleries."
David Bowie - The Times, London 19/5/97

This is a long way from the usual saga of debts and damp premises. With money, clout and expertise like this, it's hard to imagine anything 21 couldn't do."
Jan Dalley - Independent on Sunday 18/5/97