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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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David Hockney

b. 1937, United Kingdom

A defining figure of Pop art in Britain, David Hockney is considered by many to be one of the most charismatic and talented living artists in Britain. Following his award of a Gold Medal from London's Royal College of Art in 1962, and his first solo exhibition in 1963, Hockney rose to prominence as a painter of partly abstracted images of domestic scenes.

Hockney's move to Southern California in 1964 saw the artist take up as his subject matter the relaxed, leisurely scenes of his new environment: its sun-soaked landscapes, swimming pools and modernist houses. This marked the period in which Hockney created some of his best-known work, painted in a recognisably stylised mode, characterised by large planes of flat colour and graphic, sharp lines that incisively describe the edges of rectilinear SoCal modernist facades. These scenes sometimes included male subjects, often in the nude and depicted from behind—a hint at the homoerotic interests that marked a notable part of his contribution to queer art in the mid-20th century.

The naked male body came to exist as a subject in its own right in Hockney's etchings of male couples created in the late 1960s. Two Boys Aged 23 or 24 (1966), like several other prints by the artist of that period, presents the male figure in a state of undress. In the etching, which is part of a series that illustrates fourteen poems by the pre-war Greek writer Constantine P Cavafy, two men are depicted lying in bed after a moment of amorous interaction. The presence of intimacy between men and homoerotic scenes in Hockney's work predated the legalisation of homosexuality in his native England in 1967.

The early 1980s saw Hockney challenging the medium of photography, resulting in his photocollages (referred to as 'joiners') employing the use of Polaroid prints and, later, 35mm prints arranged in loose grid-like patterns. In Pearblossom Hwy, 11–18th April 1986, #2, for example, the conventional depth and illusionism of photography is disrupted by a fragmented materiality and two-dimensionality, evoked by the evidence of the collage's contrivance. Hockney used photocollage to challenge the overall unity of an image, a feature that reveals his affinity with the Cubists' concern for multiple perspectives viewed simultaneously. After taking photographs from various viewpoints, he stuck these together to create his composite images. This treatment was extended across a variety of different subjects, including portraits, landscapes, architecture and still life.

Amongst Hockney's most well-known bodies of work are his brightly coloured paintings of landscapes. In these large-scale panoramas, often rendered in dramatic shades of acid pink, lime green and bright orange, Hockney returned to the countryside of his native Yorkshire. In 2007, his multi-panel gridded compositions culminated in the creation of his largest painting, consisting of some 50 or so panels, painted en plein air with the help of digital photographs, assembled into a composition of more than 12 x 4.5m in dimension with the title Bigger Trees Near Warter Or/Ou Peinture Sur Le Motif Pour Le Nouvel Age Post-Photographique (2007).

Hockney's practice has spanned a diversity of media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking and set design. Around 2009, Hockney began utilising new handheld and mobile technologies in the form of iPad and iPhone applications to produce portraits, still lifes and landscapes. Many of these were then sent to friends electronically.

David Hockney's work can be found in many prominent international public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate, London; the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Hockney lives and works in both England and the United States.

Tendai John Mutambu | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Double Portrait by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneyDouble Portrait, 2011 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Jean in the Luxembourg Garden by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneyJean in the Luxembourg Garden, 1976 Photo c-print
27 x 21 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Focus Moving by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneyFocus Moving, 2018 Photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond
89.3 x 115.5 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Seven Trollies, Six and a Half Stools, Six Portraits, Eleven Paintings, and Two Curtains by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneySeven Trollies, Six and a Half Stools, Six Portraits, Eleven Paintings, and Two Curtains, 2018 Photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond
60 x 167 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Inside It Opens Up As Well by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneyInside It Opens Up As Well, 2018 Photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond
60 x 167 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.
In the Studio, December 2017 by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneyIn the Studio, December 2017, 2017 Photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond
60 x 167 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.
In the Studio, December 2017 by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneyIn the Studio, December 2017, 2017 Photographic drawing printed on paper
60 x 167 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co.

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, David Hockney, New Photographic Drawings at Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris
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24 January–9 March 2019 David Hockney New Photographic Drawings Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran
Contemporary art exhibition, David Hockney, David Hockney at Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris
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26 May–13 July 2018 David Hockney David Hockney Galerie Lelong & Co., 13 Rue de Téhéran

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Frieze week 27 Apr 2018 : Robert Ayers for Ocula

With Frieze New York returning to Randall's Island Park from 4 to 6 May 2018, Ocula is on hand to offer a selection of exhibitions around the city, from Bushwick and the LES to Chelsea, Midtown and the Upper East Side.Exhibition view: Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s, Neue Galerie New York (8 March–28 May 2018). Courtesy Neue...

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The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Related Press The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Hyperallergic : 12 May 2018

'A faint, beautiful memory' is how curator Norman Rosenthal described A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now, 1981-2018, the current show at Almine Rech Gallery on the Upper East Side. What he’s remembering, as spelled out in the exhibition’s title, is the seminal survey, A New Spirit in Painting, which opened, barely, at the Royal Academy of Arts in...

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A Matter of Perspective: 15 years of Singapore’s STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery – director interview Related Press A Matter of Perspective: 15 years of Singapore’s STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery – director interview Art Radar : 16 August 2017

Part of Singapore’s national Visual Arts Cluster of regional leading institutions alongside National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery was founded in 2002 and is celebrating 15 years in 2017. STPI is a dynamic creative workshop and contemporary art gallery, committed to the promotion of artistic...

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Solo show by British artist David Hockney challenges perspectives Related Press Solo show by British artist David Hockney challenges perspectives The Straits Times : 20 June 2017

A solo show of works by celebrated British artist David Hockney will open on July 1 at STPI Gallery. Titled David Hockney: A Matter Of Perspective, the exhibition will feature 36 prints, drawn mostly from the Singapore Art Museum's collection. It runs until Sept 9 and admission is free.Turning 80 next month, Hockney is often credited as being one...

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David Hockney retrospective becomes Tate Britain's most popular show Related Press David Hockney retrospective becomes Tate Britain's most popular show The Guardian : 31 May 2017

Tate Britain's David Hockney retrospective has become the gallery's most popular exhibition, seen by nearly half a million visitors. The show closed on bank holiday Monday this week after a 16-week run which was characterised by long queues and busy gallery spaces.

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