The David Hockney exhibition at the Tate Britain unsurprisingly caused a splash. The event displayed the most extensive set of the influential British artist’s work to date, including paintings, drawings, photographs and videos from the last sixty years. Some of these pieces had never been seen by the public before.
Despite turning 80 on the 9th of July this year, he continues to explore a variety of medium and subject choices in his work; A Bigger Splash is arguably his most well-known piece, but works such as Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy and We Two Boys Together Clinging offer a personal, touching insight into Hockney, and quickly indicated that he was to be more than just a pop-art phenomenon. His continuous experimentation with media and subject matter is truly inspiring, and shows the rest of the world that you should never settle for comfortable; strive to do something different and challenge yourself.
Although Hockney describes a splash as being a quick, singular moment, it is evident that this exhibition will have a lingering effect. All of the advanced tickets for the exhibition sold out, with a limited number left to buy at the door, on the day from 10.00 am. After leaving Tate Britain on 29th May, the exhibition was available to see at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in June, and will be in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in November.
For anyone who missed out, here is a small feature video:
Text by Amy Furney
Picture research by Jon Espiritu; featured image taken Katherine McMahon via artnews.com.