David Hockney: Current
He’s 79 years old, British, and a painter – but David Hockney isn’t exactly old school, and the first thing you should know about the National Gallery of Victoria’s new exhibition, David Hockney: Current, is that the vast majority of works in it were made on an iPhone or iPad. The second thing you need to know is that despite Hockney’s age and prestige in the art world, this is not a retrospective of his 60-year career. David Hockney: Current covers the last 10 years of his practice, and includes several works from as recently as two months before the show opened. Although Hockney has painted many works in oil and acrylics in the last decade (for example, his 2012 show at London’s Royal Academy of Art was largely comprised of actual paintings), he has made even more works on iPhone and iPad in this time – and this is what NGV’s show is focussing on. Hockney is having a bit of a moment right now: the Royal Academy's 2012 survey of his landscapes made major bank; in 2013, he had a major show at San Francisco’s de Young fine arts museum; in 2016, RA had him back with his portrait series ‘82 portraits & 1 still life’ (which is one of the highlights of David Hockney: Current, taking up a whole 35-metre gallery). Following NGV’s show, a major retrospective will open at the Tate Britain in February 2017, and then travel to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. So why does this artist command such a massive audience? It has partly to do wit
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