David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (Not Smaller and Further Away) opened February 22 at Lightroom in London’s Kings Cross. The groundbreaking immersive show is the creation of Hockney with the Lightroom team and charts the path of his artistic achievement throughout his career. Hockney is so far the only living artist to be actively involved in crafting a work of this kind. Six themed chapters, narrated by Hockney and supported by Nico Muhly’s score, offers full Immersion in a thorough, multifaceted summary of Hockney’s aesthetic concerns and career to this point. The work which lasts approximately 60 minutes and runs the gamut, from easel to opera, from Los Angeles to Normandy.
Richard Strauss’s opera Die Frau Ohne Schatten, designed by Hockney with costumes by the late Ian Falconer, comes to life again in June for the first time in over 30 years at San Francisco’s Opera.