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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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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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The Yosemite Suite No.19 by David Hockney contemporary artwork
David HockneyThe Yosemite Suite No.19, 2010 iPad drawing printed on paper
94 x 71 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Self Portrait I, 13 March 2012 by David Hockney contemporary artwork
David HockneySelf Portrait I, 13 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
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'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
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'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
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'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
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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. 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

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, David Hockney, La Grande Cour, Normandy at Pace Gallery, New York
Upcoming
14 September–12 October 2019 David Hockney La Grande Cour, Normandy Pace Gallery, 540 West 25th Street, New York
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

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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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In Related Press

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The Passion and Process of David Hockney, Seen in a Restored Documentary Related Press The Passion and Process of David Hockney, Seen in a Restored Documentary Hyperallergic : 20 June 2019

A Bigger Splash, a semi-fictionalized documentary about David Hockney opens with a ringing phone. A slideshow of photos flashes across the screen, and the shrill ringing goes on. Ten seconds... Twenty seconds... Forty... Over a minute goes by, and no one picks up. It dials up the anxiety on a film that, ostensibly, is about an artist and his work....

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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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