The retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes in February as Hockney is finalizing the checklist for an exhibition of new paintings at Pace in New York. He completes another hexagonal canvas in acrylic, Focus Moving, and a portrait of Dr. James D. Watson in charcoal on canvas.
Inside It Opens Up As Well
Hockney is determined to do another mural-size 3D photographic drawing before the Pace show opens in April. In a conversation with Lawrence Weschler, who is writing the essay for the Pace catalogue, Hockney relates: “The folks in New York are telling me we don’t have any more time; we have to wrap things up. But there’s always time. You watch. There will be time.” True to form, Hockney completes Inside It Opens Up As Well, again at 9 1/8 feet high by almost 25 feet wide.
In April, 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life makes its U.S. debut and fifth exhibition stop at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Curator Stephanie Barron adds a gallery of recent work that includes the most recent charcoal on canvas portraits and a mural-size 3D photographic drawing, In the Studio, December 2017.
Trollies, Stools, and more
At the same time that Hockney turns his efforts in the studio to painting small canvases, he is still exploring the possibilities of 3D photography and ways to use it in making pictures. He is introduced to a new software for compositing and modelling thousands of photographs into a single picture. While he continues to use photogrammetry software for capturing 360-degree views of the individual objects, the new software allows Hockney to place each object in the 3D photographic drawing and work with it in both plan and elevation. He is able to light the objects, paint in shadows, change colors, and move the objects in space, without using Photoshop. He then prints Seven Trollies, Six and a Half Stools, Six Portraits, Eleven Paintings, and Two Curtains and Focus Moving in various sizes.
RA's Summer Exhibition
For the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition, Hockney shows a two-panel version of Focus Moving and mural-size, seven-panel prints of both Seven Trollies, Six and a Half Stools, Six Portraits, Eleven Paintings, and Two Curtains and Inside It Opens Up As Well.
The Queen's Window
In October Hockney attends the unveiling of the Queen’s Window at [NESTED]Westminster Abbey. At more than 20 feet high, it replaces one of the last clear glass windows in the 11th century building.
It had to be celebratory, really, so I thought, well, the most celebratory moment in the English landscape is the hawthorn blossom coming out—it looks as though there’s been champagne poured over everything.
In 2016 the Abbey commissioned Hockney to design the window to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the longest of any monarch in British history. From the outset, Hockney used his iPad to make the drawings; he found that the luminosity of the image, with light coming from behind the screen, closely resembled stained glass. Hockney adjusted the design using Photoshop on a computer and printed scaled maquettes for consideration from the walls of his Los Angeles studio. Ultimately, he digitally [NESTED]transmitted his design to Barley Studio in York, England, where it was realized in stained glass.
The iPad is back-lit like a window, it’s a natural thing to use.
- David Hockney: iPhone and iPad Drawings, 2009-12, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, USA (Mar 28–May 25).
- Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing], Pace, New York, NY, USA (Apr 5–May 12); catalogue.
- David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Apr 15–Jul 29); catalogue.
- David Hockney, Pictures of Daily Life, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (May 26–Jul 13); catalogue.
- iPhone and iPad drawings 2009–2012, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK (Jul 16–Aug 31).
- David Hockney, People and Places, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (Aug 18–Nov 18), organized by the British Council.
- David Hockney: Time and More, Space and More..., Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA (Sep 13–Nov 30); catalogue.
- 250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (Jun 12–Aug 19); catalogue.
- The Great Spectacle, 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (Jun 12–Aug 19); catalogue.
- Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, USA (Aug 25–Dec 9), travels to Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa (Feb 2–Apr 28, 2019); Akron Art Museum (Jun 29–Oct 12, 2019); catalogue.
- Images of Egypt, Museum of Cultural History (Kulturhistorisk Museum), University of Oslo, Norway (Sep 20–Dec 20).
- David Hockney. Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing], Pace Gallery, New York.
- David Hockney Pictures of Daily Life, New iPhone and iPad drawings, Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris.
- David Hockney, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago.
- Lifetime of Artistic Excellence Award, The Black Alumni of Pratt, Pratt Institute.
- Distinguished Service to Art, The Critics' Circle, London.
- Lifetime Achievement Award for Printmaking, Her Majesty Queen Sonja Art Foundation, Norway.