Artists Working Now: David Hockney
Paula Burleigh, senior teaching fellow, Whitney Museum of American Art
David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most celebrated painters working today. Although his work beyond the 1960s has, to some degree, eluded serious critical commentary, a recent retrospective co–organized by the Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of Art suggests this is changing. This talk surveys both the trajectory and reception of Hockney’s work over the span of his 60-year career, including his early years depicting swimming pools in Los Angeles, the Polaroid photo–collages of the 1980s, and the exuberant landscapes he continues to make today. Finally, we will discuss Hockney’s embrace of technology in his recent work with fax machines, video, and the iPad, experiments that demonstrate his uncommon willingness to continually challenge the parameters of his practice.
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