David Hockney Portraits

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12 October 2006 - 21 January 2007
Wolfson and Ground Floor Galleries

Exhibition organised with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

'What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing: you wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.'
David Hockney

Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool by David Hockney, 1966 - © David Hockney

Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool
by David Hockney, 1966
© David Hockney

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Produced in close collaboration with the artist, this is the first exhibition devoted to David Hockney's portraits spanning over fifty years. This celebrated artist has been engaged with portraiture since his teenage years. Self-portraits and portraits of family, lovers, friends and well-known subjects represent an intimate visual diary of his life and artistic preoccupations.

Featuring over 150 works across different media from the now iconic early double portraits to recent paintings produced especially for the exhibition, David Hockney Portraits reveals how the artist's creative development and concerns about representation can be traced through his portrait work.

A catalogue, with over 300 illustrations, by curator Sarah Howgate accompanies the exhibition, including essays by Marco Livingstone, Mark Glazebrook, Edmund White and Barbara Stern Shapiro. £35 hardback and Gallery exclusive £25 paperback.

American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) by David Hockney, 1968 The Art Institute of Chicago, Restricted gift of Mr and Mrs Frederick Pick, 1984.182 - © David Hockney

American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman)
by David Hockney, 1968
The Art Institute of Chicago, Restricted gift of Mr and Mrs Frederick Pick, 1984.182
© David Hockney

Peter Reclining by David Hockney, 1972 Private Collection, Cologne - © David Hockney

Peter Reclining
by David Hockney, 1972
Private Collection, Cologne
© David Hockney