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Sunday, February 26, 2006
  David Hockney Interview
david hockney exhibitionMark Feeney of the Boston Globe newspaper spoke to the British artist David Hockney about life and his exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), "David Hockney Portraits".
Here's a couple interesting David Hockney quotes I plucked out of the interview..
# All art is contemporary, if it's alive, and if it's not alive, what's the point of it?
David Hockney
# One of the things I'm doing in Yorkshire is finding out how difficult it is to learn not to see like cameras, which has had such an effect on us. The camera sees everything at once. We don't. There's a hierarchy. Why do I pick out that thing as opposed to that thing or that thing?
David Hockney
# Any artist will tell you he's really only interested in the stuff he's doing now. He will, always. It's true, and it should be like that.
David Hockney

David Hockney keeps seeking new avenues of exploration
"He may well be the world's most famous living artist -- who's the competition: Andrew Wyeth? Robert Rauschenberg? -- but there's no crust to Hockney, no great-man airs. He combines California informality with north-of-England bluffness. He still has his Yorkshire accent, a furry, rolling thing rich with elongated o's and pursed u's. The sound of it makes him seem that much less forbidding." Boston Globe
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BgArt News Blog Comments:
Hockney's various books show him to be one of the more articulate currently practising artists.
For those who do not know the Harvard lectures of the late Ben Shahn, having just reread the publication of them, I can continue to strongly recommend, The Shape of Content, which contains, to be precise, The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 1956-1957. Clear and incisive, he will force you to articulate your disagreements while at the same time recognizing that he speaks some truths about the nature of creativity and the necessity for freedom to be able to do so, with which most of us agree.
Among ready articulators who may not have the same gift for clarity but is always interesting and often controversial (a virtue to some of us) is the art school friend of Hockney's for whom he served as Best Man at his marriage of some decades ago, R.B. Kitaj. The Marlborough Gallery catalogue to Kitaj's last show there (a stunner to this viewer, mostly made up of pictures from the post early 90's period when he returned to the United States after the death of his wife and what he felt was bigoted mistreatment by Brit critics) contains his brief second manifesto which follows by some years his publication of the first manifesto. As are these late pictures, he gives vent to his views of art and life in an admirably expressive manner. By the way, if you get a chance to see those later pictures grab it, he has loosened up his brushwork and earns his spurs as a contemporary expressionist who can play on the same field with his 20th century predecessors.
 
I would probably prefer the work of R.B. Kitaj.
Hockney is probably better at being an artist. He also seems more consistant, but his works can also be a little cold sometimes.
 
Hello

Would anybody tell me how to authentify drawings and watercolors from David Hockney, and if a contact with the artist is possible?

Thank you


AlainLeroy
 
It might be worth getting in touch with some galleries or dealers in his work. There's a list of David Hockney dealers and galleries here according to Art
in Context.
I didnt check the links.. so they may or may not deal with Hockney.
 
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