David Hockney Celebrates His 80th Year with MET Exhibition
Hockney in his studio © Nathanael Turner for the New York Times 2017 “David Hockney” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 27 and will run until February 21st. The exhibition is a retrospective of David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. …
“David Hockney” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 27 and will run until February 21st. The exhibition is a retrospective of David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. It is one of many events happening this year in honor of Hockney’s 80th birthday. A small exhibit called, “Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney” runs until November 26th at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. There was a huge retrospective exhibition of his works earlier this year at the Tate. Additionally, a permanent Gallery opened in Bradford, England. He also currently has an exhibit at the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
One of Hockney’s defining characteristics as an artist is his use of perspective. His works often feature multiple vanishing points and irregularly shaped canvases. Hockney has long been fascinated with reverse perspective, and his paintings seem to defy reality. Some of them appear to both advance and recede, and in 2001 he wrote a book on perspective titles, “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters.”
Hockney’s paintings often depict things from his own life, such as the Blue Terrace in the painting above and just visible behind the artist in the second photograph. But Hockney is not just a painter. He has worked in a wide variety of mediums, and his website features works varying from digital drawings created on his iPhone and iPad to stage design to paper pulp to a car.
Hockney now lives in California, but he is still an enthusiastic British citizen and is he is currently completing a 20-foot stained glass window for Westminster Abbey in Honor of Queen Elizabeth. A Westminster Abbey spokesperson called Hockney, “probably the greatest contemporary British artist,” and has been awarded an Order of Merit by the Queen.