4th Arrondissement // Paris
A showstopping exhibition. What does one call a series of David Hockney works? A swarm? A flock? A celebration of artworks. A retrospective of his work from sketch, to his huge acrylic paintings to a timelapse of one of his ipad drawings processes secures that the iconic temparament of his work is shared with the masses.
A very appropriate celebration for the Centre Pompidou 40 years hallmark//1977-2017
Having not known before that Hockney lived and was influenced by Paris, it was *a moment to see the retrospective that celebrated 40 years of the artist's work, in the Centre Pompidou. A post-modernist haven and heart of the iconic art capital of the world, Parisdice.
Photos were not allowed, but it was too irresistable. I braved the disapproving stares.
What I loved most was firstly the use of Acrylic as a medium on large scale paintings, the Matte effect on this scale looks timeless. (We'll pretend none of these paintings needed work done). Some look upon acrylic as "low brow" compared to the more historical tradition of Oil Painting. Disregarding tradition: the wit and tact of his titles and visual references makes up my second favourite part of this retrospective. Although my love for David Hockney's work is limitless, having spent some time studying his Ipad drawings at Art school, I was absolutely thriving in the exhibition that showed a range of his later works. Even a timelapse video of him drawing on an ipad. This story of painterly decisions and indecisions becomes a movie filled with suspense, comedy and regret. All my favourite genres accomplished so easily allowing access into the artist's process.