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In Conversation: Celia Birtwell and Marco Livingstone

6 March 2020, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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David Hockney, "Celia, Carennac, August 1971", Colored pencil on paper, 17 x 14", © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt, Collection The David Hockney Foundation

David Hockney, "Celia, Carennac, August 1971", Colored pencil on paper, 17 x 14", © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt, Collection The David Hockney Foundation

To celebrate the opening of David Hockney: Drawing from Life, the artist’s muse and textile designer Celia Birtwell, talks to art historian Marco Livingstone about the experience of being drawn by her friend over five decades. Chaired by curator  Sarah Howgate.

Celia Birtwell is a textile designer known for her distinctive, romantic designs. Celia is David Hockney's dear friend and confidante who has inspired the artist since they first met in the mid-1960s when they were both at the centre of Bohemian London.

Sarah Howgate, curator of David Hockney: Drawing from Life, is Senior Curator of Contemporary Collections at the National Portrait Gallery. She has curated several major exhibitions at the Gallery including David Hockney: Portraits (2006), Lucian Freud: Portraits (2012), Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask (2017) and Tacita Dean PORTRAIT (2018). She co-wrote The Portrait Now in 2006 with Sandy Nairne and contributed to 21st Century Portraits, published in 2013.

Marco Livingstone is an art historian and independent curator, with numerous publications on David Hockney including David Hockney (World of Art) (1981; revised and extended 2016) and Hockney's Portraits and People (2003). He contributed to the catalogue for David Hockney’s last retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in 2006, and has curated shows on the artist in Japan and Cairo as well as curating David Hockney: A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy in 2012. He has also written books on Pop Art, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, R B Kitaj, Allen Jones, Paula Rego, and many others.

Part of the programme of events complementing the major exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life

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