PREVIEW: David Hockney, Tate Britain

Tate Britain will be presenting one of the largest retrospectives of David Hockney and his work when it officially opens to the public on the 9th February. 

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Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971, David Hockney. Private collection (c) David Hockney. 

This extensive retrospective display will showcase the artist’s achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video.

As David Hockney approaches his 80th birthday, this Tate Britain exhibition will highlight how he has questioned the nature of pictures and picture-making and challenged their conventions.

Tracing the artist’s development from his appearance on the public stage as a student in 1961, all the way through to his recent success at the Royal Academy it is an exhibition that embraces the extent of his popular appeal.

Talking about the exhibition, David Hockney said: “It has been a pleasure to revisit works I made decades ago, including some of my earliest paintings. Many of them seem like old friends to me now. We’re looking back over a lifetime with this exhibition, and I hope, like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of my new and recent work can be seen in the developments over the years.”

The display will feature his Love paintings of 1960 and 1961 as well as exploring his classic works such as his portraits of family, friends and himself, as well as his iconic images of LA swimming pools. More recent works to be included in the exhibition will include is celebrated Yorkshire landscapes of the 2000s and work made since his return to California in 2013.

Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain said: “David Hockney is without doubt one of Britain’s greatest living artists. His practice is both consistent, in its pursuit of core concerns, while also wonderfully diverse. Hockney’s impact on post-war art, and culture more generally, is inestimable, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see the full trajectory of his career to date.”

David Hockney will be on display at Tate Britain from the 9th February until the 29th May. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/david-hockney