That’s the Way I See It
Hockney’s Very New Paintings series goes on view in New York, London, and Saltaire in Yorkshire over the course of 1993, bringing international attention to his recent figureless, abstract studio work, while his talents as a memoirist are once again in the spotlight with the publication of That’s the Way I See It, the second part of his “autobiography.” The book offers an account of Hockney’s evolution as an artist as well as his personal struggles, including the deaths of so many friends in the AIDS crisis.
Stanley, Boodgie, and other portraits
The companionship of Hockney’s dachshunds Stanley and Boodgie becomes the subject of a series of works that extends to drawings, etchings, and more than 40 paintings over the next few years. His portraits of people in this period are[NESTED] often undertaken with a simple palette of black crayon on white paper, large in scale, and focusing on hands in particular.
In order to draw Stanley and Boodgie, I had to leave large sheets of paper all over the house and studio to catch them sitting or sleeping without disturbance. For the same reason I kept canvases and a fresh palette ready for times when I thought I could work. Everything was made from observation, so speed of execution was important. They don't stay long in one position and one knock on the door is enough to make them leap up.
Hockney is also delving further into laser-printed images—Yorkshire landscapes as well as Painted Environments. Painted Environments picture a canvas on its easel centered in a room covered with more painted images and laser prints—a two-dimensional rendering of space in which the boundaries separating parts are difficult to discern.
- Some Very New Paintings, André Emmerich Gallery, New York (Jan 7–Feb 13); travels to William Hardie Gallery, Glasgow (Jun 28–Aug 27) and 1853 Gallery, Saltaire (Sep 1–Nov 30); catalogue.
- Works on Paper, Athena Fine Arts, New York (Jan 14–Feb 20).
- Paintings and Prints from 1960, Tate Liverpool (Apr 7, 1993–Feb 13, 1994); catalogue with a text by Penelope Curtis.
- Illustrations from Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1969, Royal Festival Hall, London (Apr 12–May 9); organized by South Bank Centre, London; travels to Southampton, Yeovil, Aberystwyth, Salisbury, and elsewhere (through 2010); catalogue with a text by Peter Webb.
- 25 Years of Printmaking, Gantry Arts Centre, Southampton (May 15–Jun 13); organized by Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop & Gallery and Berkeley Square Gallery, London; travels to Yeovil, Aberystwyth, Salisbury, Accrington, and elsewhere (through 1995).
- Now: David Hockney, Lung Men Gallery, Taipei (Dec 11, 1993–Jan 9, 1994).
- Photoplay: Works from the Chase Manhattan Collection, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami (Jan 9–Mar 1); travels to Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (1993); Centro Cultural Consolidao, Caracas (1994); Museu de Arte de São Paolo (1994); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (1994); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago (1994); catalogue.
- Sixties Art Scene in London, 1957–1969, Barbican Art Gallery, London (Mar 11–Jun 13); catalogue.
- Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (Jun 15–Aug 15); catalogue.
- The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London (Nov 19, 1993–Feb 6, 1994); catalogue.
- David Hockney, That’s the Way I See It, edited by Nikos Stangos, London: Thames & Hudson; San Francisco: Chronicle Books.