Friday, July 31, 2015

Hockney at the Beach

Emilie Pallos meets David Hockney

What do you say to one of the most talented and inspirational artists of the 20th and 21st centuries? Thank you! 

Chatting with David Hockney at LA Louver's opening reception on July 14, 2015, was an amazing privilege. Hockney has been my favorite contemporary artist ever since his mid-career retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1988. Has it really been 27 years?

David's new paintings and photo collages challenge perspective. They combine photography and painting, but without the "seams" usually evident in collage. As a viewer, you are never quite sure what is "real." Photoshop?...

The opening party guest list included many of the people/models depicted in the new works — David's friends. Life imitates art. The artist is well-known for photo-print/Polaroid collages created in the 1980s, and the most famous work from that era is "Pearblossom Highway," now in the Getty Museum's permanent collection. That work even makes an appearance in one of his new collages (see below). David certainly has a droll English wit.

When we take a break from design work for clients (brand strategy and advertising, in print and online), we visit museums and galleries for inspiration. The LA Louver in Venice, CA, is a favorite destination. Most of Hockney's important L.A. shows have been shown either at the Louver (his West Coast representation), or at LACMA.

Take a peek at this show online and then be sure to visit in person. Photos don't do these works justice! The exhibition runs through mid-September, 2015.

A fantastic new interview with David is HERE.


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