82 Portraits and 1 Still-life
In July 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The show marks the culmination of the series on which Hockney began working in 2013. The single still-life in the exhibition, of fruit and vegetables on a bright [NESTED]blue bench, was painted when one of the sitters cancelled at the last minute—a testament to Hockney’s enduring sense of humor.
A History of Pictures
In October, a new book by David Hockney and Martin Gayford is released: A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen. The conversational format of the book explores Hockney’s ongoing fascination with the optical [NESTED]devices artists have used over the ages as well as his personal philosophy of picture-making or depiction.
What makes a work of art? I don’t know .... I’d prefer to say I’m making pictures—depictions. We’ve had a great many histories of art, what we need now is a history of pictures.
Pictures will go on changing, as they always have in the past. In the twenty-third century they won’t look back at twenty-first-century television, and think: Well, this was reality, as it looked then! They’ll regard it as some old-fashioned method of depiction .... One thing that is not going to be destroyed, though, is drawing. There are many handmade images in the digital world. For example, video games are drawn pictures. And a lot of them are rather good, actually. Now you can live in a virtual world if you want to, and perhaps that’s where most people are going to finish up—in a world of pictures.
David Hockney: Current opens in November at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. This marks the second presentation of 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life—Hockney considers the installation a single work of art. Bigger Trees near Warter or/ou Peinture sur le motif pour le Nouvel Age Post-Photographie 2007 is shown in a gallery with full-scale digital reproductions of the painting on each of the other three walls, providing a total surround experience. The large exhibition also includes multi-camera movies, iPhone and iPad drawings, and photographic drawings printed on paper.
Later in the year, Taschen publishes a sumo-sized survey of more than 60 years of Hockney’s work curated by the artist himself. It truly is A Bigger Book at 27 1/2 by 19 5/8 [NESTED]inches, and weighing in at 78 pounds; it includes reproductions of more than 450 works of art over 498 pages. Accompanying it is a separate, 680-page illustrated chronology.
- David Hockney: From the Beginning, River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames (Feb 13–Jun 5).
- The Yosemite Suite, Pace New York (Apr 28–Jun 18); travels to Annely Juda Fine Art, London (Jun 28–Aug 19), L.A. Louver, Venice, CA (Jul 13–Oct 1), and Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo (Oct 1–Nov 26); postcard book.
- David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, Royal Academy of Arts, London (Jul 2–Oct 2); catalogue with texts by Tim Barringer, Edith Devaney, and David Hockney.
- David Hockney: I Draw, I Do, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast (Aug 19–Oct 16).
- David Hockney Prints, Machida City Museum of Graphic Prints, Japan (Oct 1–Nov 23); catalogue.
- David Hockney: Current, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Nov 11, 2016–Mar 13, 2017); catalogue with texts by Barbara Bolt, Li Bowen, Edith Devaney, Martin Gayford, and Simon Maidment.
- Generation Painting 1955-65: British Art from the Collection of Sir Alan Bowness, Downing College, Cambridge (Feb 6–May 22).
- Magical Designs for Mozart's "Magic Flute," New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York (Apr 1–Aug 27); travels to Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH (Sep 29, 2016–Jan 8, 2017).
- Britain in the World, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (May 11–Dec 31).
- Gardens of the World, Museum Rietberg, Zurich (May 13–Oct 9).
- California: The Art of Water, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, CA (Jul–Nov).
- Lines of Thought, organized by The British Museum, London; travels to Poole Museum, Poole (Sep 3–Nov 6), Hull University Art Collection, Hull (Jan 3–Feb 28), and Ulster Museum, Belfast (Mar 10–May 7); catalogue.
- A History of the World in 100 Objects, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (Sep 9, 2016–Jan 29, 2017); catalogue.
- Nude: From Modigliani to Currin, Gagosian Gallery, New York (Sep 20–Nov 19); catalogue with text by Michael Cary.
- People on Paper, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, U.K.(Oct 29–Dec 17).
- This Was Tomorrow: The Invention of Pop Art in Great Britain, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (Oct 30, 2016–Feb 19, 2017); catalogue.
- Nude: Masterpieces from Tate, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (Nov 5, 2016–Feb 5, 2017); travels to Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand (Mar 18–Jul 16, 2017); Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (Aug 11, 2017–Feb 4, 2018); Yokohama Museum of Art (Mar 24–Jun 24, 2018).
- British Invasion, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA (Nov 19, 2016–Jan 22, 2017).
- A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle (Dec 2, 2016–Feb 26, 2017).
- David Hockney–A Bigger Book: Chronology, edited by David Hockney and Hans Werner Holzwarth, Cologne: Taschen.
- David Hockney and Martin Gayford, A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen, London: Thames & Hudson; New York: Harry N. Abrams.