“David Hockney’s art has been lively from the first because he has conducted his education in public with a charming and endearing innocence. The pictures are often distinctly autobiographical, confirming Hockney’s place in the grand tradition of English eccentricity. He has at each stage given us touchingly curious indications of how he felt, what he knew, and whom he admired. The humor both disguises feeling and insists that it is too strong to reveal without being disguised.” — Henry Geldzahler*
DAVID HOCKNEY, November 27 through February 25.
MET FIFTH AVENUE, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City.
*Henry Geldzahler, “David Hockney,” in David Hockney by David Hockney (New York: Abrams, 1977). Reprinted in Henry Geldzahler, Making it New: Essays Interviews and Talks (New York: Turtle Point Press, 1994), 126.
From top: Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, 1969; Henry Geldzahler (lithograph); Looking at Pictures on a Screen, 1977. All artwork by David Hockney.
Hockney (left) and Geldzahler. Image credit: Palm Pictures.