David Hockney at the de Young Museum – San Francisco

David Hockney at the de Young Museum – San Francisco

October 26, 2013 through January 20, 2014 – The largest exhibition ever mounted by the de Young, “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s twenty-first century output, representing one of the most prolific decades of his long career. Renowned for using not only traditional materials but also evolving technologies, Hockney himself has selected the 300 portraits, still lifes and landscapes presented in the display which includes paintings, watercolors and charcoal drawings, some completed as recently as 2013 and never exhibited before along with Photoshop portraits, digital films that track the changing seasons and vivid landscapes created using an iPad.

Revealing the artist, now in his seventies, still at the peak of his creative powers, highlights of the exhibition include monumental, multi-canvas oil paintings like, 2010′s, “The Bigger Message,” a 30-canvas re-working of Claude Lorrain’s, “The Sermon on the Mount,” as well as, “Cubist Movies,” digital films portraying the English countryside created using as many as 18 separate cameras mounted on a grid that simultaneously record the action, resulting in a movie with as many as 18 perspectives. Hockney’s unique interpretations of California, Iceland and Norway are also presented, including, 2011’s, “Bigger Yosemite,” a series of iPad drawings of the iconic national park.

Central to Hockney’s oeuvre throughout his career, portraits depicting family members, friends, colleagues and the artist himself like 2005’s,  “Self Portrait with Charlie,” provide a glimpse of the personal world of Hockney the man and his intimate relationships with his sitters. Also of note is the debut of, “The Arrival of Spring in 2013 (twenty thirteen),”consisting of 25 charcoal drawings, finished in May, 2013, as well as the 72-foot long, “Great Wall,” documenting the history of portraiture from 1400 to 1900, which Hockney used to research the controversial thesis detailed in his 2001 book, “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters,” that rather than painting by eye, Old Masters used optical devices like cameras obscura to create their portraits.

“The Bigger Message" (2010) - Hockney

“The Bigger Message” (2010) – Hockney

Official Exhibition Site

 

M. H. de Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 750-3600

 

October 26, 2013 through January 20, 2014

Visiting Hours:

Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Friday (March 30 through November 23 only) from 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p. m.

Closed on Monday.

Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 

Admission:

Premium Tickets (This ticket allows visitors entry at any time on the date of their choosing):

$46 for a premium ticket on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

$41 for a premium ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

Regular Tickets (This ticket requires visitors to enter at a specific time on the date of their choosing):

$29 for an adult ticket on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

$26 fro an adult ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

$26 for a senior ticket on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. (65 and over)

$23 for a senior ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (65 and over)

$25 for a student ticket on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. (With current ID)

$22 for a student ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (With current ID)

$19 for a youth ticket on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. (Ages 6 – 17)

$16 for a youth ticket on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (Ages 6 – 17)

Free for children 5 and under.

Free for museum members.

Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and museum permanent collection, as well as same-day admission for the permanent collection at Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park.

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