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David Hockney, The Red Table, 2014, photographic drawing printed on paper mounted on Dibond, 42 1/2 × 69 1/2".

David Hockney

L.A. Louver

David Hockney, The Red Table, 2014, photographic drawing printed on paper mounted on Dibond, 42 1/2 × 69 1/2".

Around 2008, when David Hockney began making work on iPhones, the artist opined, “Who would have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing?” It was a glib statement for a painter who clearly relishes the opportunity to remind audiences of his engagement with new technology. After all, in hindsight (several years and countless Apple hard- and software updates later), Hockney’s remark would seem to reveal a strikingly limited understanding of the smartphone. Even as far back as 2009, the majority of its users only sporadically accessed the device’s application for making direct calls. Instead, we have continually harnessed its capabilities to hail cabs, refresh social-media feeds, compute tips, send hasty e-mail replies, or layer photo filters.

For this exhibition at L.A. Louver, Hockney turned his attention to photographic postproduction digital editing, aiming to challenge

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