Our New Year’s Resolution is to get to San Francisco before January 20 to see the de Young Museum’s extremely popular show, David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, which is only on view until January 20.
David Hockney, Yosemite I, October 16th 2011. iPad Drawing printed on six sheets of paper (71 3/4 x 42 3/4 in. each), mounted on six sheets of Dibond, 143 1/2 x 128 1/4 in. overall. © 2013 David Hockney
Who can resist loving Hockney’s vision of Yosemite? This painting is from his first series at Yosemite and was created on an iPad. When the artist returned for a second visit, he created paintings that are 12 feet tall! That, we have to see!
The show is a survey of the work that the artist has produced since 2002 — and as such is massive (the largest ever launched at the museum) and represents a return to CA for the celebrated Brit. What’s particularly interesting about his recent work is that he uses such a variety of contemporary mediums. As in, he paints on his iPad. He uses charcoal of a suite of drawings. And he has created a “Cubist Movie” – using 18 cameras at a time to record a single vista.
You can see seven of these on display at LACMA right now (also until January 20). Here is a link to the Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos, 2011. These unusual videos represent Hockney’s interest in taking note of the passage of time. After having lived here in Southern California for 25 years, he has been fascinated with the changing of the seasons upon returning to his native Yorkshire.