David Hockney Portraits

David Hockney Portraits: Life Love Art

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

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150 Years: anniversary partner Herbert Smith

Produced in close collaboration with the artist, this was 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 revealed 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 accompanied the exhibition, including essays by Marco Livingstone, Mark Glazebrook, Edmund White and Barbara Stern Shapiro. 

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