David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
- Royal Academy of Arts |
- 21 January – 9 April 2012
- Reduced price entry with National Art Pass.
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David Hockney's beloved East Yorkshire landscape is the star of the Royal Academy's Spring blockbuster.
The artist has done for the region what Constable did for Suffolk, says Co-curator Edith Devany, who intends that the exhibition will place Hockney firmly in the great British landscape tradition. Hockney was a couple of years into a concentrated period of work on the Yorkshire landscape when the Academy made its approach in 2007, offering him the run of the institution's large exhibition spaces.
The 150 works on display include paintings, sketches, photo montages and blown-up prints of works created on the artist's iPad. Taking centre stage is a series of large landscapes in oil, including the 15-canvas Winter Timber (2009), which hangs over six metres wide, and four large paintings of the seasons made in 2007 and 2008.
What the critics say
Paintings such as Winter Timber go beyond mere topographical record, and remind us of the power of Hockney in his prime...there's no doubt that A Bigger Picture will be insanely popular, giving a great deal of pleasure to a great many people.
An entire room at the exhibition is devoted to large paintings of hawthorn blossom in full spring bloom. The accompanying description states: "He rises early to paint nature in all her wild exuberance … (the blossom) is as if a thick white cream had been poured over everything … just an intense visual pleasure."
There will be crowds, then, but no one could claim they had been short-changed. The show is massive - a bracing country walk, one that requires a long pub lunch at the end of it.