Center Pompidou opened the most complete retrospective of David Hockney

The Center Pompidou in Paris opened the most comprehensive retrospective in history dedicated to the work of David Hockney. The exhibition is timed to the 80th anniversary of the master, who is called the most significant of the living British artists. Viewers presented more than 160 works, including the most iconic canvases - swimming pools, double portraits and monumental landscapes.“I prefer to live in color” © David HockneyPortrait of the artist (Swimming pool with two figures) David Hockney 1972, 305 × 214 cmThe focus of the exhibition, in particular, is Hockney’s interest in modern technologies for the production and reproduction of images. Constantly taking care to distribute his work as widely as possible, the artist used a camera, fax machine, computer, printer, and recently mastered the iPad. The essence of creativity for him is the opportunity to share his works. “What the artist is trying to do for people brings them closer to something. Because art, of course, is the ability to share. You wouldn’t be an artist if you didn’t want to share your experience and thoughts ”© David Hockney

The exhibition at the Pompidou Center opens with paintings by young Hockney, created while studying at an art college in his native Bradford. The images of industrial England testify to the influence on him of social realist teachers, members of the so-called "School of kitchen sink."
At the Bradford School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, Hockney discovered and absorbed English abstract expressionism, presented by Alan Davy. In Jean Dyubuffe, he found a style that corresponded to his aspirations for expressive and accessible art, and in Francis Bacon - the courage to designate the topic of homosexuality. Finally, Picasso's work convinced him that the artist should not be limited to one style. One of Hockney's early exhibitions was called "Demonstration of universality"
Left: David Hockney, "Self-Portrait" (1954). Private collection

“Drawing is more like a game of chess: your thoughts run faster than the moves you end up” © David HockneyA big splash David Hockney 1967, 242.5 × 243.9 cm In 1964 Hockney moved to the US West Coast and became the singer of sunny and hedonistic California, and his Big Splash (1967) acquired a cult status. There he began to write large double portraits, which mark the realism and photographic perspective vision. In the United States, Hockney was confronted by the influence of abstract formalism and minimalism. He responded to this by portraying facades and geometrically sloping lawns, as well as drawing water in swimming pools with different lighting. “Drawing makes you see things clearer and clearer - until your eyes get sore” © David HockneyMr and Mrs Clark and Percy David Hockney 1971, 212 × 305 cm

Referring to cubism once again, Hockney, using the Polaroid camera, created the so-called “unions” - the representation of objects with the help of several connected images. These include, for example, “Highway Pearbloss, April 11-18, 1986” from more than a hundred photographs taken from different angles.
“Art should move you, but design should not. Is that a good design for the bus "© David Hockney

In 1997, Hockney returned to rural North England of his childhood. His landscapes reflect his complex rethinking of the issue of space in painting. Using high-definition cameras, he also brought movement into the cubist space of his Polaroid "associations", combining video screens to create a cycle of four seasons.
Left: David Hockney, Canyon Nichols (1980). Private collection

“I get up very early, I don’t like to miss this beautiful morning light” © David HockneyInk cart 1980 David Hockney1985, 104 × 155 cmIn the 1980s, Hockney began to study new digital graphic tools, making new kinds of images. The computer was followed by a smartphone, and then an iPad, which the artist uses to create more and more complex drawings, was distributed among his friends via the Internet. “Every day I draw flowers and send to my friends so that they have fresh flowers every morning” © David HockneyPearbloss Highway, April 11-18, 1986 David Hockney 1986, 198 × 282 cm David Hockney's retrospective at the Pompidou Center, prepared together with the London Tate Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, will last until October 23. In addition, on the artist’s birthday, July 9, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles will open the exhibition “Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney”, where he will present rare self-portraits, “polaroid” compositions, as well as a masterpiece from his collection - “Highway Pearbloss No. 2 ”, Which was last exhibited in 2008.Arthiv: read us in Telegram and look in Instagram On the materials of the official website of the Pompidou Center and a number of other sources. Main Illustration: David Hockney, Vichy Sources Park (1970)