Wednesday, April 05, 2017

London Now: Tate Britain – David Hockney Exhibition.

 Photograph and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

“I like to live in the now.”

David Hockney

London Now: Tate Britain – David Hockney Exhibition.  The David Hockney exhibition, until May 29, at Tate Britain, in consultation with the artist, has been developed by Tate curators Chris Stephens and Andrew Wilson, assisted by Helen Little, and celebrates one of the most popular and influential British artists of the twentieth century for his most comprehensive exhibition yet. As he approaches his 80th birthday, this 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.
Above:  A Bigger Splash - 1967

 Photograph and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

“With his flamboyant appearance and manner, David Hockney seemed to epitomize the fresh ‘swinging’ culture emerging in London during the first half of the 1960s. Yet, while the period may be legendary for developments in music and fashion, it also, more obscurely, witnessed significant innovations in the rarefied field of philosophical aesthetics.”

Martin Hammer

Self Portrait – 30th Sept. - 1983
David Hockney, is an English and moving memorable painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.

 Photographs and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) 1968

American art collectors Fred and Marcia Weisman outside their modernist Los Angeles house with sculptures by British artists Henry Moore and William Turnbull in the garden.
 Photographs and copyright by Manfredi Bellati
 Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy – 1970-71
Fashion designer Ossie Clark and textile designer Celia Birtwell with their cat in their Notting Hill home shortly after their wedding.
Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy – 1968
English novelist and playwright Christopher Isherwood and his partner artist Don Bachardy, in their Californian home.

Towards Naturalism. Towards the end of the 1960s, naturalistic representations of the human figure became a key element in Hockney’s work. Drawn from psychological and emotional implications of two figures within enclosed settings, Hockney worked directly from a circle of friends and acquaintances in a series of double portraits that capture their intimate and often complex relationships.

 Photographs and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott – 1969 – detail
The figure in the center is Henry Geldzahler friend of Hockney and at the time curator of Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum, New York.  His partner, painter Christopher Scott looks on.

 Photographs and copyright by Manfredi Bellati
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two Figures) – 1972
Painted at the time of their break-up, Hockney’s then boyfriend, artist Peter Schlesinger, looks down at the figure of John St Clair, one of Hockney’s assistants, swimming underwater.

 Photographs and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica – 1990
In the late 1990s Hockney produced paintings of the landscapes of East Yorkshire and the Grand Canyon and his house and garden in the Hollywood Hills. Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica is organized as a sequence of stage flats or planes, each describing different qualities of space and looking – and, despite the title, the journey for the eye of the viewer is very different here when compared to the earlier journey paintings.


The Road to Thwing, July 2006
The Wolds. In 2006 Hockney returned to his native Yorkshire to paint the changing light, space and landscape of the Wolds.  Works such as the above and A Closer Winter Tunnel, February-March 2006 show that he was painting on larger canvases, sometimes moving between several before assembling them to create the effect of a single image.

Photographs and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

 Hawthorn Blossom near Rudston - 2008
 “Artist thought the optical projection of nature was verisimilitude, which is what they were aiming for,” He said,  “But in the 21st century, I know that is not verisimilitude.  Once you know that, when you go out to paint, you’ve got something else to do.  I do not think the world looks like photographs.  I think it looks more glorious than that.”
David Hockney

Photographs and copyright by Manfredi Bellati

The Four Seasons – Woldgate Woods  - Spring - 2010-2011

In 2008 Hockney began making multi-screen video works by fixing a number of cameras (one for each screen in the final work) to the outside of a vehicle, which was driven along a road at Woldgate, near Bridlington, Yorkshire.  The result was like a cubist film, showing different aspects of the same scene as perceived by a moving observer.


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