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David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life.
On view April 15–July 29, 2018, this exhibition features recent portraits that revisit a genre that has been a major part of the artist’s long career. Vibrant and full of life, these paintings, which Hockney considers a single body of work, were executed between 2013 and 2016 in the artist’s Hollywood Hills studio. The exhibition provides insight into the artist’s life, his connections to the art world, and the people who have crossed his path recently.
For each portrait, Hockney asked the sitter for a commitment of three days, which the artist has described as “a 20-hour exposure.” The portraits are painted on canvases of the same size (48 × 36 inches), with each subject seated in the same chair against a similar backdrop. Among the portraits are those of John Baldessari, Stephanie Barron, Douglas Baxter, Celia Birtwell, Dagny Corcoran, Edith Devaney, Larry Gagosian, Frank Gehry, Peter Goulds, Ayn Grinstein, Barry Humphries, Rita Pynoos, Joan Agajanian Quinn, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Jacob Rothschild, and Benedikt Taschen, which are joined by portraits of Hockney’s studio and home staff, children of friends, and Hockney’s siblings John and Margaret.
David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life is organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London in collaboration with LACMA. The exhibition opened in London at the Royal Academy in 2017, and traveled to Venice and Bilbao. The LACMA presentation, the only U.S. showing of the work, is organized by Stephanie Barron, the museum’s senior curator of modern art. “This exhibition marks the return of David’s work with painting on canvas and portraiture—long an important facet of his celebrated career,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “In 1988 LACMA initiated Hockney’s first large retrospective and now thirty years later it is so meaningful to present a new body of work featuring David’s personal circle.”