Following a popular tour across Europe and a successful stint in Australia, the celebrated exhibition, David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life, has made its American debut at LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Featuring a colorful collection of portraits painted less than five years ago, the show offers a comprehensive look at the Pop Art pioneer’s recent work.
With family members, close friends, and figures from the art world as his muses, Hockney created the series of portraits in his Hollywood Hills studio between 2013 and 2016. Rather than working from photographs, the artist opted to paint the figures from life, completing each portrait after “a 20-hour exposure”—a period during which his sitter would pose in a yellow chair. Rich in tone and intimate in nature, the series of portraits “provides insight into the artist’s life, his connections to the art world, and the people who have crossed his path recently.”
In addition to portraiture, this exhibitionalso features a single still-life: a selection of fruit on a small blue bench. Rendered in the same style style and color scheme as the portraits, the painting illustrates the artist’s interest in playing with new subject matter. (This particular painting serves as a placeholder for the time he had to reschedule his painting of Ayn Grinstein, while she was busy with her father’s funeral.)
A similar experimental approach is also evident in In the Studio, a complementary exhibition that includes a mural of the artist in his workspace. Composed of 3,000 photographs that have been digitally pieced together into “a three-dimensional approximation of space,” this method is a new endeavor for Hockney, who describes it as “a combination of photography and drawing and printing, each bringing out the best in the other.”
David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life and In the Studio are currently on-view at LACMA from through July 29, 2018.
David Hockey: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life, an exhibition at LACMA, showcases a collection of 82 vivid portraits and a single still-life by the artist.