William the White wrote:
No, have been meaning to get to all three but haven't got round to it. Hadn't realised that about Hockney, but of the three that's the one I'm least bothered about.
Hockney seriously good, I reckon... But not looking poss for me... Shame... I'd really like to see what he did with landscapes...
Picasso obviously the unmissable...
William... many many thanks indeed for the Hockney nudge. I managed to bypass the four-hour queues yesterday by siging up to be a 'friend' of the Royal Academy, for which I just sneaked in the 19-25 age bracket and got for a bargain £45, including two tickets for the exhibition (which would have been £14 each anyway) an hour later.
Anyway, tt's amazing how easily we can dismiss things on limited evidence.
For years the only Hockney painting I have really known is this in the Walker in Liverpool which does nothing for me... http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/pict ... ue=2&id=82
The landscape exhibition though... wow. Not really all that challenging in any sense, and I suppose those who like the naked young men in swimming pools vibe that he built a reputation on back in the sixties might find it all a bit safe, but I found it very enjoyable.
Firstly, I thought it was a really well-conceived exhibition - it starts with an interesting retrospective that invites us to consider Hockney as a landscape artist and to give us a reference point for what comes later. Huge canvasses of the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles also make it all the more thrilling that parochial Yorkshire scenes should get the Hockney treatment.
As I say, nothing terribly profound, but it's great to look at and a reminder that there is beauty in the mundane. We've all had that feeling walking around England in the sunshine and thought "bloody hell, this place is a beautiful as anywhere when the sun shines - shame it looks so miserable in the rain". Well, for Hockney to paint a place is for the sun to shine on it, and all of a sudden Yorkshire is as uplifting as California. He paints an old Salt Mill that looks like an imperial Viennese palace in the light he catches it in.
From there, the rooms are arranged by motifs... I think you would appreciate his tree stumps in the forest, William, given your apprciatiom of the Richter forest imagery.
At the end, two special treats... Hockney capturing the changing of the seasons by producing a picture of roughly the same place by doing a picture a day, January - May on the iPad. It might be a bit gimmicky for some people's tastes, but I think what he does with iPad, instantly recognisable as his work, is in the same character of virtuoso genius and playful innovation as that which Picasso did when he too was in his seventies (this work that Hockney did in 2011 is all the more amazign given that he was 75 at the time). And then, 9 or 18-screen video collages using footage cleverly obtained via various cameras strapped to his jeep. Brilliant - kept people watching in awe for several minutes.
I'm sorry you missed it William. I have taken your advice and booked Freud for May.
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