In a beautiful profile in The Guardian recently, journalist Tim Lewis travelled out to the Hollywood hills to peek behind the gates of Hockney’s jungle-like home to get a glimpse of what the now 77-year-old artist is up to. As it happened, he had been very busy indeed: making a whole bunch of new paintings that are, in classic Hockney-style, moving in a totally different direction from his previous work.
That’s what’s so magnificent about Hockney, he paints and paints and paints, then shows it all off, then starts on something totally different. This series on show at New York’s Pace Gallery is a collection of group and singular portraits of friends, colleagues and dancers. Some are a direct homage to Matisse, others are stark representation of the hard-working gallerists, artists and collectors that Hockney has used as his muse for years. Can this man do anything wrong, ever? The answer is no. If you are in New York you should have no excuse to go and see this show in the flesh.
Some New Painting (and Photography) is at Pace Gallery until 10 January 2015
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