What is it?
This retrospective exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.
Where is it?
David Hockney is on at the Tate Britain, London until the 29th May 2017. Tickets cost just £19.50 for non-members.
David Hockney is arguably one of the most important, popular and influential British artists of the post war era with this exhibition being his most comprehensive yet.
When should I go there?
The exhibition is proving to be highly popular so we recommend pre-booking tickets for the ‘off peak’ times during the week.
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings – some of which have never been seen before in public – this exhibition shows how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together.
Get the audio guide as the curators lay out the background to each era in Hockney’s life, contexturalising it with what was happening at that point in the world. As an added treat, Hockney also talks about various artworks and what they mean to him.
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Contributor: Alexandra Pinhorn
Images Credits: Images with thanks to the Tate Britain (from the left clockwise):
Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon, 1998, Richard and Carolyn Dewey, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt
Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, 1968, Private collection, © David Hockney
Garden, 2015, David Hockney Inc. (Los Angeles, USA), © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt
Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool, 1966, National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery. Presented by Sir John Moores 1968, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt
Model with Unfinished Self Portrait, 1977, Private collection c/o Eykyn Maclean, © David Hockney
Ossie Wearing a Fairisle Sweater, 1970, Private collection, London, © David Hockney
David Hockney, Los Angeles, March 2016 © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima
Featured image: Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, Lewis Collection, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Art Gallery of New South Wales / Jenni Carter