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David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and Two Still Lifes
After his mega 2012 RA show, David Hockney returns to the Royal Academy with a smaller show in the Sackler Wing of portraits made in Los Angeles over the past three years. The aquas and blues of the backgrounds immediately recall his seminal swimming pool paintings of the 1960s. Instead of bare-bummed beach boys, however, these relative small works are populated by Hockney’s current friends, family and acquaintances – including Barry Humphries, Lord Jacob Rothschild and super-gallerist Larry Gagosian.
Landscape painter, flower painter, feminist artist… Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was all of these and more. She is also one of the most popular and accessible artists on the planet – her work being among the most widely reproduced of any twentieth century artist. It’s possibly due to the former that O’Keeffe has suffered critically over the decades; straitjacketed by categories that only partly explain her influence, she struggles to attain a singular presence in the history of modern.
If you missed one of the standout shows of 2015, the Vinyl Factory’s presentation of Ragnar Kjartansson sensational musical installation, ‘The Visitors’, fear not as you’ll be able to experience it at the Barbican’s summer exhibition dedicated to the young Icelandic artist who has brought fun back to art. For his recent show at Palais de Tokyo, he transformed the galleries into living entities where the lines between fact and fiction were blurred. He’s played guitar naked in a bath, been the crooner of a big band, become a captain of a boat, and dressed up as a knight.
William Eggleston Portraits
William Eggleston, the man widely considered the godfather of colour photography, is a geniune art world legend and as cool as many of the people he's shot over the years. Joe Strummer and Dennis Hopper are among the names that feature in this retrospective of Eggleston's portraits of musicians and actors. But rarely seen images of this Memphis-born artist's home life are likely to be as big a draw.
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