|Royal Academy of Art: David Hockney - A Bigger Picture (21 January - 9 April 2012)|
This post is about three major new initiatives relating to David Hockney and his paintings of the landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds
First - a new exhibition by David Hockney opens on Wednesday 14th September at the Salt Mills Gallery in Saltaire. Called 25 Trees and Other Pictures it includes three 27-foot-long pictures of Bessingby Road, Bridlington and other Yorkshire landscapes. The show, which is on the third floor, is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10:30am - 4pm, admission free. The Gallery also displays many paintings by David Hockney all year round.
This Guardian article The north gets a peep at David Hockney's new portfolio first and the Salt Mills website (extract below) explain how Jonathan Silver started the Salt Mills Centre and amassed the largest collection of Hockney's work.
These days, David spends much of his time in this part of the world and his paintings of the East Yorkshire landscape are admired world-wide.Silver's daughter explained a little bit more of the background to Hockney's paintings of the Yorkshire Wolds which I never knew before.
Home, then, has always mattered, so it wasn’t surprising that when Jonathan Silver approached David about displaying his work in the Mill, David agreed. The two had first met in the 60’s and had kept in touch, sporadically since then. The Galleries at Salts Mill are very proud of the large collection of David's wonderful work on show and deeply grateful to him for his continued support and interest.Salt Mills website - David Hockney Profile
Dad said to David: 'Paint Yorkshire. It's where you're from. You know it and above all you know how to celebrate it. You've done California and the Grand Canyon and those swimming pools. Now bring all that colour back home.Second, a major Hockney retrospective exhibition - David Hockney - A Bigger Picture - will be held at the Royal Academy of Art early next year. It covers work from the last seven years - mainly paintings but also his sketchbooks and his work on iphones and ipads and film - 150 works in total.
This is the first major exhibition of Hockney's larger landscape paintings of Yorkshire. The galleries at the RA are large enough to hold them!
'David Hockney: A Bigger Picture' will span a 50 year period to demonstrate Hockney’s long exploration and fascination with the depiction of landscape. The exhibition will include a display of his iPad drawings and a series of new films produced using 18 cameras, which will be displayed on multiple screens and which will provide a spellbinding visual journey through the eyes of David Hockney.This Guardian article explains how David Hockney moves into film with Royal Academy exhibition
I'll be writing more about this exhibition as we get closer to the opening date!
Third - David Hockney has a new book out called My Yorkshire.
|David Hockney - My Yorkshire |
Enitharmon Editions (Published in UK: 1 Sep 2011)
David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. In 2003, in a series of dazzlingly fresh watercolours of the rolling landscape known as the Wolds, Hockney embarked on one of the most ambitious and extraordinary projects of his career. He set about memorializing this little-known, intimate and gently beautiful part of the world. His vibrant landscapes twist and turn with ever expanding scale, reminiscent of the American West. Despite this they are remain instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with Yorkshire. The many paintings he has made in the vicinity of Bridlington since 2005 are among the most captivating and impressive of his long and distinguished career.It's now available in the UK but is only available through importers in the USA as yet.
So lots and lots for true Hockney fans to revel in - I'm very much looking forward to getting the book and seeing his paintings.
Below I've included links to two DVDs by Bruno Wolheim about David Hockney - The Bigger Picture which is about Hockney painting in the Wolds. I highly recommend this DVD (see my Review: David Hockney A Bigger Picture on making A Mark in 2009)
(on the left is the UK version and on the right is the USA Region 1 version)
Plus for more information about David Hockney in general see: David Hockney - Resources for Art Lovers