David Hockney | Some New Painting (and Photography)
Photography: Installation views by Tom Barratt; Artwork images by Richard Schmidt
PACE Gallery | New York | 8 November 2014 – 10 January 2015
PACE Gallery in New York have the ever-prolific David Hockney on show in a wonderful exhibition of new paintings (…and photography).
New York—Pace Gallery is pleased to announce Some New Painting (and Photography), David Hockney’s first exhibition of new paintings since 2009. Following The Arrival of Spring, it is Pace’s second presentation of Hockney’s work this year. The exhibition will be on view at 508 West 25th Street from November 8, 2014, through January 10, 2015. To accompany the exhibition, Pace will publish a catalogue featuring a new essay by critic Martin Gayford, author of A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (Thames & Hudson, 2011).
Some New Painting (and Photography) is Hockney’s first exhibition of works completed since his return to Los Angeles from England, where he spent a decade pictorially exploring the East Yorkshire landscape of his youth.
The works in the exhibition demonstrate Hockney’s longstanding dedication to painting and to depicting the human figure. Hockney made all of these works in his Los Angeles studio using live models—friends, colleagues and dancers. The exhibition includes seated portraits of individuals, a series of paintings that recalls Matisse’s masterpiece Dance and paintings of figures posing in his studio. Hockney moved his figures and objects around the studio. Playing with time and space, some figures appear more than once in the same painting.
The paintings highlight enduring interests and motifs in Hockney’s work: art history, pictorial space and portraiture. Martin Gayford wrote these paintings create a new kind of pictorial space: “Each figure contains within it multiple points of view, and so does the picture as a whole. Consequently, the viewer in turn feels in a different relation to every person in the picture, and the whole painting feels very different to one that contains just one angle of vision.”
The exhibition also includes five photographic drawings exhibited on high-definition screens. The works juxtapose elements he has drawn with photographs taken during sessions painting groups in his studio. Following his recent iPad drawings and video works, the photographic drawings continue Hockney’s use of technology to produce images.
Although each figure depicts someone specific, Hockney is less interested in representation or documentation. Rather he is interested in advancing his study of pictorial space and perspective. Art historian Kay Heymer wrote, “Hockney treats the people in his pictures as actors in a scheme reaching beyond biographical or psychological narration. He is on a continuous journey, his art testifying to what he has seen.”
Hockney lives and works between Los Angeles and Yorkshire. This is his third exhibition with Pace.