A press conference attended by my husband, John, was held today to celebrate the exhibit, David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, opening on the 26th and staying up through the 20th of January at the De Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
The celebrated British artist talked about his work and how he has embraced new technology to create much of his work on the iPad these days.
Hockney, one of my idols, is the most influential and best-known British artist of his generation. More than 300 works are being shown in 18,000 square feet of gallery space, making this the largest exhibition in the history of the museum.
This exhibition highlights Hockney’s ability to engage with—and gain mastery of—a wide variety of tools and media. Works range from simple pencil drawings on paper, to Bigger Yosemite, five drawings created on the iPad that capture the majesty of the American West. “Like an artist alchemist, in one minute Hockney uses a fancy digital device to make a colorful iPad drawing; in the next he shows us that he is one of our greatest draftsmen by rendering an exactingly detailed charcoal drawing of a forest scene in East Yorkshire,” notes Richard Benefield, deputy director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and organizer of the exhibition.
Hockey is probably best known for this painting, which I’m sure, many of you will recognize:
When I heard he was going to be there today, I told John that he MUST go. He agreed, but when he got there, he learned that it was a Press-only event. Therefore, he promptly told the keepers of the gate that he was reporting for the Arte California blog and they gave him press credentials and let him in! That’s my man….always thinking ahead. 🙂
I regret that I could not be there myself, but it was great that John could attend. He said that he shot about 12 minutes worth of video which I shall upload once he sends it along to me.
This collage was John’s favorite piece in the show”
Thrilling experience for John. I am so glad he got to go!