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David Hockney To Be Honoured With Huge Retrospective Exhibition In London Next Year


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To celebrate the career of one of the most influential artists of the modern world, Tate Britain will be hosting one of its biggest exhibitions yet with a retrospective look at the extensive work of David Hockney as he reaches his milestone 80th birthday next year.

David HockneyDavid Hockney to celebrate his 80th birthday with major Tate show

It will no doubt be a sell-out event for the London gallery as it aims to display six decades of work from Hockney including his self-portraits and his swimming pool pieces from the 60s and 70s, his Yorkshire landscapes and more recent iPad etchings. Spaces are even being kept for any work Hockney might produce in the meantime, which means it could be a truly unpredictable experience for Hockney fans.

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Hockney Review


Excellent

A suitable portrait of one of Britain's greatest living painters, this artful documentary offers wonderful access to David Hockney, his family, friends, colleagues and of course his artwork. And what makes the film essential viewing is the way it breaks through the surface to explore what makes Hockney tick, how he approaches each technological innovation in his work, why his paintings have such an impact and how he fits into art history. It might be a bit long and rambling, but fans wouldn't want to cut anything out.

Hockney was born in West Yorkshire in 1937 and has always said he was brought up in Hollywood and Bradford, "because as a child I spent all my free time at the pictures". Movies gave him a wider perspective on the world, which is exactly what he has worked to do in his art, whether by bending sight-lines in a painting, pasting together Polaroid pictures or shooting a panorama on his iPhone. These angles draw people into his work in unusually personal ways, opening up around us and forcing us to see the familiar through different eyes. Filmmaker Randall Wright delves into several of Hockney's most iconic paintings, revisiting locations and tracking down the people depicted in them, adding meaning and relevance to images we thought we knew.

He also lets Hockney explain his feelings about events throughout his life, from swinging-60s London to art-boom New York to his second home in Los Angeles. And there are devastating memories from the 80s and 90s, when he lost two-thirds of his friends and colleagues to Aids. The stories Hockney and others tell are packed with lively details about his paintings, his relationships and even his sexuality, putting him into the context of the times while also exploring his lasting impact on the art world. Tand the film itself has a lush artistic style to it, playfully indulging in familiar images while catching funny comments and strong emotional moments along the way.

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Artist David Hockney - Los Angeles premiere of 'Tim's Vermeer' at Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 29th January 2014

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David Hockney and Vermeer
David Hockney and Vermeer
David Hockney and Vermeer
David Hockney and Vermeer

Tim's Vermeer Review


Excellent

When Penn & Teller turn their hand to documentary filmmaking, we know it's going to be something playful. Indeed, this is a hugely entertaining film, gripping us with a fascinating story that has a lot to say about the interplay between art and technology. It's also a witty exploration of one of history's most iconic painters.

Tim Jenison is a successful inventor in Austin, Texas. A nerd with too much money and time on his hands, he becomes fascinated with the 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, whose paintings have an uncanny photographic quality to them. Experts like David Hockney have long wondered how Vermeer achieved this realism, suggesting that optic lenses were probably involved. So Tim sets out to find the secret, developing a lens and a set of mirrors to recreate one of Vermeer's most complex paintings, The Music Lesson. And even though he has no artistic skill, his result may change art history forever.

It also forces us to reconsider how we define artistry, because clearly technology is another tool an artist uses. Penn & Teller hold our interest by peeling away the layers and letting us see Vermeer's magic (they also hint that the film itself might be a trick). The fact is that Vermeer created photorealistic images 150 years before the advent of photography, and no one has previously been able to explain how he did it. But whatever process he used also proves his artistic skills, simply because it involves so much creative thinking.

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NewTek co-founder and visual imaging software inventor Tim Jenison has spent his career perfecting the art of graphic imagery but, rather than hoping to create more realistic graphics than has ever been created before, he spends most of his time marvelling at the genius of 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, whose most famous painting - 'The Girl With A Pearl Earring' - continues to baffle all who look upon it with its immense detail that should've pre-dated any photography. Though Jenison is not a painter, he embarks on a mission to achieve that level of artistic genius as he goes about attempting to put together his very own Vermeer using the same techniques as Vermeer himself with a little help from ultra-famous modern artists and professors in the fields of visual perception, architecture and photography. 

'Tim's Vermeer' is an art documentary by Primetime Emmy nominated illusionist duo Penn & Teller. Directed by Teller and produced by Penn Jillette ('Penn & Teller: Bullshit!'), the film features appearances from painter David Hockney, comedian Martin Mull, Professor Philip Steadman (author of 'Vermeer's Camera: Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces') and Professor of Neuroscience Colin Blakemore. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and at the Satellite Awards, 'Tim's Vermeer' will be released in the UK on January 17th 2014.

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Stars Honour David Hockney & Martin Scorsese At LACMA Film & Art Gala [Pictures]


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The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art played host to a host of stars on Saturday night (2nd November). The stars gathered to honour artist David Hockney and director Martin Scorsese at the LACMA Film and Art Gala. In addition to the two honourees, a host of famous names and faces appeared to celebrate the achievements of the famous British artist and New York born director.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese
Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese at the LACMA.

Guests included actors such as Leonardo Di Caprio, who has worked with Scorsese on a number of films included Shutter Island, The Aviator and The Wolf of Wall Street. Other male actors who appeared at the event were comics James Franco and Will Ferrell. 

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Martin Scorsese Honored At LA Art And Film Gala After Saving Film Program


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Director Martin Scorsese has been honoured at this year's annual Los Angeles Art + Film Gala by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Scorsese's work during the financial crisis was vital in preserving the LA museum's film program.

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese Has Been Honored At This Year's Art + Film Gala.

The Taxi Driver director created The Film Foundation in 1990 to work on film preservation and during Saturday night's (2nd Nov.) ceremony he presented the restoration of four films by French filmmaker Agnes Varda. The annual event aims to bring the flourishing art and movie industries of Los Angeles together and recognises that LACMA is one of California's most important museums, having played a leading role in the area's art scene.

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Gordon Sumner aka Sting - LACMA 2013 Art and Film Gala Honoring Martin Scorsese And David Hockney Presented By Gucci - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 3rd November 2013

Sting and David Hockney
Sting and David Hockney
Sting and David Hockney
Sting and David Hockney
Sting and David Hockney
Sting and David Hockney

David Hockney - LACMA 2013 Art and Film Gala honoring David Hockney and Martin Scorsese - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 2nd November 2013

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David Hockney
David Hockney
David Hockney

David Hockney Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'A Celebration of the Arts' held at the Royal Academy of Arts - Outside Arrivals.

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David Hockney

David Hockney Monday 7th April 2008 Artist, David Hockney gifts his largest ever canvas, 'Bigger Trees Near Water' to the Tate Britain London, England

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David Hockney
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David Hockney
David Hockney
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Who Gets To Call It Art? Review


Good
The question asked by Peter Rosen's documentary Who Gets To Call It Art? is not just an excellent one, it's also probably the most important question asked by critics of modern art. Once Warhol used his Brillo boxes and soup cans to update Duchamp's ready-made concept for mass conception, thus helping to throw open the doors of the art world to (seemingly) any and all, a procession of querulous viewers starting asking just what made that pile of twisted metal in the corner of the gallery Art? While Rosen doesn't ever answer the question in its totality, the film does at least answer it in a smaller sense by focusing so much of its energy on the life and achievements of legendary modern art curator Henry Geldzahler. Who gets to call it art? This guy did, and not you. So there.

As the film readily acknowledges, art never has been, and was likely never really supposed to be a thing of populism. As artist after artist from the hothouse ferment of the 1960s New York scene intones amidst Rosen's jittery and fun editing collages, they were really making the art for each other. It was really the same few hundred people during that time roaming from one gallery opening to another, seeing the new Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, or James Rosenquist and then going home and making some art themselves. Or just talking about it. Call it pretentious or self-indulgent, but what Rosen does better than many other chroniclers of the art world is show not just how truly exhilarating it was to be present at such a pivotal cultural time, but also how extraordinarily enjoyable it was. And Geldzahler was at the center of it all, seemingly.

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