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Home arrow ART arrow Hockney’s chair. At Ca’ Pesaro, eighty-two portraits and a still life
Hockney’s chair. At Ca’ Pesaro, eighty-two portraits and a still life
Written by Sara Bossi   
david-hockney-photo-by-david-parry.jpgOne of the most famous and successful contemporary artists, Hockney has been a major representative of British pop art since the 1960s. He moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and started rendering the atmosphere of American life in well-known art, saturated in California sun.


Figuration has a cardinal role in his production, in portrait and landscape art, paired with a continuous interaction of classical art techniques and new media. Hockney is a painter, engraver, illustrator, and portraitist. The portraits at Ca’ Pesaro offer a particular vision of Hockney’s life in Los Angeles, a testimony of his relations with the international art world, gallerists, curators, critics, fellow artists, friends. Setting and style are uniform so that the uniqueness of each person stands out while highlighting their common humanity. All sit on the same chair over the same neutral background.


The artist also authors scenography. In 1987, his designed art for The Magic Flute at the New York Metropolitan Opera. In 1994, the costumes for Turandot at the San Francisco Opera. Even today, at the age of 80, David Hockney admits: “Like Picasso, I feel 30 again when I work. As soon as I stop, I know that’s not the case. That’s why today I work more hours than yesterday. I don’t like vernissage, I just wait for the lights to be off and walk back to my studio. And I go back to painting.”

«David Hockney. 82 Portraits And 1 Still-Life»
24 June-22 October 2017

Ca’ Pesaro, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna - Venice


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