Looking Back: David Hockney at Tate Britain

Updated 13 May 2020

Alastair Sooke explores the spectacular David Hockney retrospective at Tate Britain in 2017, celebrating the life and work of one of Britain's favourite artists.

‘A charismatic, plain-speaking, chain-smoking Yorkshireman’ is Alastair Sooke’s opening observation of the beloved British artist David Hockney – one of the most important artists of his generation.

In this video Sooke explores the sensational retrospective that took place at Tate Britain in 2017, reflecting on Hockney’s work as a phenomenal painter, his life in his self-proclaimed ‘promised land’ of Los Angeles and the images of sunshine, swimming pools and lonely figures that he became famous for.

Filmed at Tate Britain in 2017

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