“David Hockney”

Data: Hockney or brazen youth

After the Tate in London, and prior to the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is celebrating the artist’s 80th birthday. Landscapes, portraits and drawings show the incredible vitality of this British painter, the author of a dense, colourful, polymorphous body of work that is more sought after than ever – as figures show. A thin silhouette in front of a monumental work, David Hockney poses before The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire, a 2011 painting that the Briton recently donated to the Centre Pompidou. It’s Tuesday 27 September, and the 80-year-old artist, donning a cap as always, has a green cardigan and a raspberry-coloured tie… The painter has a knack for matching colours. He’s smiling of course. He also makes jokes, it’s almost a habit for him. Hockney, we all know, is good-natured. This donation marks the retrospective that the Beaubourg in Paris is devoting to the artist until 23 October. No less than the most spectacular retrospective, in the painter’s opinion, for visitors can see, the artist confided in July 2017 to Éric Dahan for the magazine Vanity Fair, “one hundred and sixty works including my biggest painting, currently conserved in Australia – Bigger Trees Near Warter ou Peinture sur le motif pour le nouvel âge post-photographique –, as well as small paintings from my youth that I painted in Bradford sixty years ago.” This donation also enriches a French collection that has left little room for the pop artist. But can we reduce, to this adjective alone, the work of this Briton who can be considered the spiritual son born of the Picasso-Matisse union, this master illustrator and genius of colours, this artist who championed hyperrealism at a period when abstract expressionism was the only path to salvation in painting? “Abstraction dominated everything...

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George Lawson and Wayne Sleep pose in front of Hockney’s portrait at Tate Britain

On 19 October 2015, at Tate Britain, in London, George Lawson and Wayne Sleep posed for members of the press in front of David Hockney’s celebrated portrait of them; George Lawson and Wayne Sleep 1972-5. For the press, Lawson and Sleep posed in exactly the same position as in the portrait. The painting is part of a collection of Hockney’s portraits of couples showing at the Tate Britain and is the first time that this portrait has been displayed in the United Kingdom. Dancer Wayne Sleep has modelled for Hockney on several occasions, since they met in 1967, and Hockney introduced Sleep to George Lawson. Between 1972 and 1975, Hockney worked on this large portrait of both them, which he eventually abandoned. Set in Lawson’s London mews house, the painting shows Lawson seated at a clavichord with Sleep standing in a doorway, listening to him playing. As Lawson recently recalled, “the pose was interesting […] Wayne was looking at me at the keyboard, standing and listening. I think it was nice conceit that he had a ballet dancer not moving just listening.” However, Hockney, soon found himself struggling with the painting. As he noted at the time, ‘in 1972, I began the painting of George Lawson and Wayne Sleep. Six months I worked on it, altering it, repainting it many times. It is documented, in its various stages. I kept taking photographs, thinking it was finished myself, and then deciding, it’s not right, no, that’s not right…I had a real struggle with it. Looking back now, two years later, I can see that the struggle was about naturalism, acrylic paint; it’s why I later abandoned acrylic paint and began to move away from...

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Jonas Wood Exhibition at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Gagosian London is presenting the first London exhibition of the paintings of artist Jonas Wood running from 13 October until 19 December 2015. The exhibition will display a whole range of the artist’s work. Influenced by an eclectic variety of artists and genres, from Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and David Hockney to ancient pottery and Oriental still-lifes, Wood fills his paintings with an artistic hotchpotch of household objects, plants, gadgets and garish colour. He takes subjects from his own photographs and reimagines them in drawing and then in paint, creating a collage of patterns juxtaposed with simultaneously contradictory and complimentary elements. Wood reinvents interiors as surreal spaces of distorted familiarity. In Children’s Garden (2015), he draws from a photograph of his childhood nursery, accentuating the vividness of the yellow brick walls and saturating the scene with colour and busyness. In a second group of paintings, Wood creates painted outlines of pots and vases (inspired by the work of his wife Shio Kusaka and their shared interest in ceramics), placing the interior and the exterior alongside each other in an almost symbiotic relationship, whilst still giving them the appearance of being mere cut-outs taken from two distinct images. The exhibition will be accompanied by the fully illustrated publication Jonas Wood: Pots. Public collections of Wood’s work can be found at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Notable solo exhibitions include “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); “Jonas Wood: Clippings,” Lever House, New York (2013-14); “Jonas Wood: Shelf Still Life,” High Line Art (2014); and LAXART Facade (2014). He lives and works in Los...

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David Hockney’s iPad drawings at Galerie Lelong

From 21 May until 24 July 2015, Paris’ Galerie Lelong is to host an exhibition entitled “The Arrival of Spring”, dedicated to the English painter and photographer David Hockney. The exhibition is to display a series of drawings created on the iPad, which explore and retrace the changing of the landscape and light through the different seasons. The works mix drawing and collage, and are produced either on a screen or on paper, but always with the idea of being printed in mind. David Hockey commented that “material has improved and allows us to draw in colours, freely and quickly. Any innovation that artists can use has its advantages and drawbacks, but the speed and colours which are available today are something we’ve never seen before: working in oil or in watercolour takes time.” Galerie Lelong is to be the first to exhibit these drawings in Paris, following their exhibition at London’s Royal Academy; the Paris exhibition is to include the notable digital work on paper, The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011- 31 May, n°2. The works to be presented at Galerie Lelong, alternating between digital prints on the first floor and more ‘classical’ prints in the heart of the library, demonstrate the mix of history, tradition, and new technology that characterises Hockney’s work. Hockney, born in 1937 in Bradford, lived for a long time in Los Angeles before returning to the United Kingdom in...

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New David Hockney paintings at Pace Gallery

Until 10 January 2015, Pace Gallery New York (508 West 25th Street) is showing “Some New Painting (and Photography)”, David Hockney’s first exhibition in the United States since he left to spend a decade in East Yorkshire, UK. The exhibition features the first new paintings by the artist since 2009 and is Hockney’s second exhibition at Pace this year. He recently went back to Los Angeles, after returning to the landscape of his childhood in the UK. The works on show here demonstrate Hockney’s dedication to representing the human form, created using live models in the artist’s studio who he moves around, playing with time and space as he does so. Featuring recurring concerns of Hockney’s — art history, pictorial space and portraiture — each painting shows someone specific, yet instead of being representative he is more concerned about his study of pictorial space and perspective. The exhibition also shows photographic drawings, continuing his recent experiments with technology. David Hockney was born in Bradford in 1937 and whilst he is forever embracing new media, his work remains deeply rooted in...

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