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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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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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Self Portrait II, 14 March 2012 by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneySelf Portrait II, 14 March 2012, 2012 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
'Untitled No.24' from 'The Yosemite Suite' by David Hockney contemporary artwork David Hockney'Untitled No.24' from 'The Yosemite Suite', 2010 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
THE CLUB
'Untitled No.12' from 'The Yosemite Suite' by David Hockney contemporary artwork David Hockney'Untitled No.12' from 'The Yosemite Suite', 2010 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
THE CLUB
'Untitled No.11' from 'The Yosemite Suite' by David Hockney contemporary artwork David Hockney'Untitled No.11' from 'The Yosemite Suite', 2010 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
THE CLUB
'Untitled No.9' from 'The Yosemite Suite' by David Hockney contemporary artwork David Hockney'Untitled No.9' from 'The Yosemite Suite', 2010 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
THE CLUB
Double Portrait by David Hockney contemporary artwork David HockneyDouble Portrait, 2011 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
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. Paris
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. Paris

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Heihachiro Fukuda, David Hockney, An Encounter of Two Colorists at THE CLUB, Tokyo
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16 February–30 March 2019 Heihachiro Fukuda, David Hockney An Encounter of Two Colorists THE CLUB, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, David Hockney, New Photographic Drawings at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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24 January–9 March 2019 David Hockney New Photographic Drawings Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 Rue de Téhéran
Contemporary art exhibition, David Hockney, David Hockney at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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26 May–13 July 2018 David Hockney David Hockney Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 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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Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature Related Press Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature The Brooklyn Rail : 2 April 2019

Hockney–Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature is unabashedly a David Hockney (b. 1937) exhibition but with a twist, it winds the modern master's works around his lifelong fascination with Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). It's a daring pairing, and as Edwin Becker, Head of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum, told me, 'It's the first time we've dedicated our...

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An Exhibition Comparing Hockney and van Gogh Searches for Common Ground Related Press An Exhibition Comparing Hockney and van Gogh Searches for Common Ground Hyperallergic : 27 March 2019

AMSTERDAM — Entering Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum is like walking into a painted fantasy forest. Tree trunks are rendered in red, blue, pink, purple, yellow, electric green; leaves are hinted at with quick brushstrokes, or cartoonishly outlined. In the galleries upstairs, we come out of the trees into a...

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Nature boys – Hockney and Van Gogh in Amsterdam Related Press Nature boys – Hockney and Van Gogh in Amsterdam Apollo : 7 March 2019

'Matisse once said: two kilos of blue are bluer than one kilo of blue. Which is a very good remark, but in green it must be three kilos.' So says David Hockney in an interview with Hans den Hartog Jager, published for the first time in the exhibition catalogue for 'Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature' at the Van Gogh Museum.

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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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