Boston

David Hockney, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy, 1970-71, acrylic paint on canvas, 84 1/4 x 120".

David Hockney, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy, 1970-71, acrylic paint on canvas, 84 1/4 x 120".

Boston

David Hockney

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
February 26–May 14, 2006

National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Place
July 19, 2013–January 21, 2007

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
June 11–September 4, 2006

Curated by Sarah Howgate and Barbara Stern Shapiro

One cannot trace the history of Pop art without visiting David Hockney's pastel-and-Polaroid-strewn studio. The British-born, Los Angeles-based artist helped pioneer the movement in the '06s, though his work—particularly his portraiture—is imbued with a warm intimacy distinct from the mass-market flash embraced by his Pop peers. Co-organized by London's National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition dives into Hockney's output, through 162 portraits spanning fifty years that show Hockney's relatives, lovers, and celebrity friends in their swimming pools and failing relationships. The eccentric painter himself, blond and bespectacld, appears in a section of self-portraits.