David Hockney retrospective at Pompidou Centre, Paris in July

The iconic english artist is celebrated with his own retrospective this year in France

Jun 09, 2017 | By AFP Relaxnews

From June 21 to October 23, 2017, the Pompidou Centre in Paris will host a retrospective of works by the English artist David Hockney. The David Hockney retrospective at the Pompidou Centre will celebrate the artist’s 80th birthday on July 9 this year, in collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Over 160 of Hockney’s paintings, drawings, prints, photography and video will be on display, giving visitors a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of the artist’s revolutionary techniques over his six-decade career. The show is currently the Tate Britain‘s fastest-selling exhibition to date.

David Hockney: a unique and globally influential artist

Hockney, whose work ranges from expressionism to realism and his innovative “joiner” collage art, is considered one of the leading figures of 1960s pop art. He found inspiration in a variety of artists, from Warhol to Van Gogh—and now it’s Hockney himself who is the inspiration. In 2011 he was voted the most influential British artist of the 20th century in a poll of around 1000 artists by London’s “The Other Art Fair”.

Birthday celebrations across the world

David Hockney, ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’, 1971

The exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, which takes place nearly 20 years after Hockney’s Paris debut at the same venue in 1999, comes in the middle of the artist’s 80th birthday celebrations.

As part of the French birthday effort, videographer Jack Hazan’s film “A Bigger Splash”, about Hockney and his work, will be screened at the Pompidou on June 22. The retrospective will be displayed at New York’s Met from November 2017 through February 2018; an NYC party to celebrate Hockney’s birthday has also been planned.

Highlights from the show

The retrospective, which claims to be the most comprehensive of its kind to date, will feature many of Hockney’s most well-known pieces, including the “Swimming Pools” and “Grand Canyon” series. According to Tate Britain, the exhibit also features some never-before-seen pieces.

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