Saturday, May 10, 2014

David Hockney in London

Last Wednesday Bill and Shelley and I took a train in the rain to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see a retrospective of 50 years of David Hockney prints.

The understated exterior of the gallery doesn't give away much from the outside.

But inside it is warmly decorated and has a wonderful permanent collection with some real treasures. The Hockney retrospective was terrific. I was thrilled to see the complete sets of The Rake's Progress and Grimm's Fairy Tales. As we expected, photographs were not allowed.

Back in downtown London at Annely Juda Fine Art in Mayfair, we were pleased to be allowed to take photographs of Hockney's latest body of work, The Arrival of Spring, from last year. The lower floor had a set of delicate charcoal landscape drawings to which I knew my camera couldn't do justice. So here's a picture of the little catalogue we bought.
Here's Hockney at work from the safety of his car.
And this is a reproduction of the finished drawing.

Also on the floor was Woldgate Woods November 26th 2010, a nine panel video projection of a winter drive along a country road shot from nine carefully synchronized cameras. The effect of combining nine different perspectives was mesmerizing.

Upstairs we found Hockney's latest prints. He drew them on an iPad with the idea of printing them at this larger size. The ease and virtuosity with which he adopts and masters new technologies is always inspiring.

They display tremendous graphic invention. Look how he's conveyed those splashes of rain.

The rich colours are another source of delight.

Some details of the reflections in the puddle.

If you are in London try to catch this show. The three of us wanted to go straight home and make some art.