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The Facts
NAME: David Hockney at Tate Britain
IT'S: The largest retrospective exhibition ever organised by Tate

09-02-2017

OPENED: February 09th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Tate Britain
DID YOU KNOW: Born with synesthesia, he sees synesthetic colours in response to musical stimuli. Although he has never translated this into his painting or photography, it is a common underlying principle in his designs for ballet and opera stage sets - where he bases background colours and lighting on the colours he sees while listening to each musical score.
LOCATION: Pimlico
ADDRESS: Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
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David Hockney

OPENED 252 DAYS AGO

David Hockney at Tate Britain is the largest ever retrospective of the Yorkshire artist’s work.

The exhibition is the largest ever staged by Tate Britain and is Hockney’s most extensive show, covering six decades of his life lived between London, Yorkshire and Los Angeles. It is also his first retrospective since 1988.

What to Expect:

Over 250 works by the Bradford-born artist will be on display, many of which have been in private collections and not on public display for decades.  London’s newest art exhibition shows his development from an art student in the 1960s to the present day.

History & Background

Water – and swimming pools in particular – is a theme that Hockney has returned to countless times. Many of Hockney’s works use vibrant colours, like Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica, a 1990 work. Chris Stephens, the Tate’s lead curator in modern British art, says Hockney has “an amazing imagination and love of life” and that his paintings are “brilliantly-coloured and affirmative”.

Why should you go?

Hockney is regularly regarded as “Britain’s greatest living painter”. Some of Hockney’s most recent portraiture has been created on his new tool – the iPad. He has embraced the modern medium, and the iPhone, in recent years, creating videos and stills with it since 2008. His distinct style is obvious in the works, despite the difference in technique.

A Tate spokeswoman said about 20,000 advance tickets had been sold so far, which makes this the fastest selling exhibition in Tates history. Ultimately, going to see this exhibition is a no brainer.

According to them:

Hockney, 79, has said of the exhibition: “It has been a pleasure to revisit works I made decades ago, including some of my earliest paintings. Many of them seem like old friends to me now. We’re looking back over a lifetime with the exhibition and I hope, like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of the new and recent work can be seen in developments over the years.”

What’s close?

We’d recommend heading to nearby Aster or Timmy Green after your journey through Hockney’s world. You can also find more lunch & dinner options in the area on our interactive map of London, updated weekly with all the best new restaurants.

The Facts
NAME: David Hockney at Tate Britain
IT'S: The largest retrospective exhibition ever organised by Tate

09-02-2017

OPENED: February 09th, 2017
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Tate Britain
DID YOU KNOW: Born with synesthesia, he sees synesthetic colours in response to musical stimuli. Although he has never translated this into his painting or photography, it is a common underlying principle in his designs for ballet and opera stage sets - where he bases background colours and lighting on the colours he sees while listening to each musical score.
LOCATION: Pimlico
ADDRESS: Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
CLOSEST TUBE: Pimlico
WEBSITE: Visit Site
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram
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