Go See – New York: David Hockney’s ‘Paintings 2006-2009′ at PaceWildenstein through December 24th 2009

November 8th, 2009

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Winter Timber
(2009) by David Hockney, via Artnet

Currently on view at PaceWildenstein in New York is David Hockney: Paintings 2006-2009. The two-venue exhibition at 32 East 57th Street is on the occassion of David Hockney’s first exhibition of new paintings in New York in over 12 years. Praised by Charlie Finch as “one of David Hockney’s best ever exhibitions,” the show features recent landscape paintings of the artist’s native Yorkshire, including 14 new works that have never been exhibited before.

Press Release [PaceWildenstein]
David Hockney: Paintings [NY Artbeat]
David Hockney: Recent Paintings [Hockney Pictures]
David Hockney: Critic’s Pick [New York Magazine]
A Walk in the Wood [Charlie Finch, Artnet]

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Woldgate Woods (30th March- 21st April, 2006) by Dan Flavin, via Artnet

In Yorkshire the artist devised a method for painting large-scale canvases outdoors in a way which permitted him to overcome the wind, rain, and snow as well as allowed him to view the scene and logistically transport his canvases. Each day he divided a painting into several canvases working separately on each one. At the end of the day he would combine the parts to form the whole image. Such a technique resulted in large-scale multi-paneled works such as Bigger Trees Near Warter done during the winter and summer of 2008 and composed of nine canvases each.

Bigger Trees Nearer Warter-Hockney-Winter 2008
Bigger Trees Nearer Warter (Winter 2008) by David Hockney, via Artnet

In these new works Hockney’s glowing palette depicts the forests of his childhood. “So much of seeing is memory, which is yet another aspect of the human reality of vision that ordinary photographs can’t even begin to capture,” says the artist. In Woldgate Woods three separate lavender paths take the viewer into the heart of the forest while in Winter Timber long slim yellow logs are juxtaposed against a purple path and blue forest.

Bigger Trees Nearer Warter-David Hockney- Summer 2008
Bigger Trees Nearer Warter (Summer 2008) by David Hockney, via Artnet

David Hockney was born in Bradford, England in 1937. He received the gold medal for his year at London’s Royal College of At in 1962. In 1963, he had his first one-man show. In 1970 his first retrospective was organized at the Whitechapel  in London. His work has since appeared in numerous retrospectives and exhibits in major galleries and museums in the United Kingdom and internationally. Since 1966 Hockney also has been involved in creating stage designs for productions at the Royal Court Theatre in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago among others.

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Hawthorne Blossom, Woldgate No.4 (2009) by David Hockney, via Artnet