Exhibition On Screen: David Hockney At The Royal Academy Of Arts
Documentary featuring David Hockney’s 2012 A Bigger Picture and 2016 82 Portraits and One Still Life exhibitions.
Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.
“Inevitably, the sections on Hockney’s portrait work are perhaps the most illuminating (the creation of his large-scale canvases having been exhaustively covered elsewhere) and some of the little details are fascinating: the kid who wouldn’t sit still, the giant taffeta skirt that had to be captured in a single sitting, the art critic who sat for both Hockney and Lucian Freud.” The Guardian
“It is 50 years since David Hockney graduated from the Royal College of Art wearing a gold lamé jacket. Within a few years he had earned a reputation as an enfant terrible whose risqué autobiographical work touched upon the taboo subject of homosexuality. With his oversized spectacles and hair dyed silvery blond, he became Brit art’s first celebrity: a charmer whose personality beguiled the public as much as his work.
Fast-forward half a century, and Hockney is still feted and adored. He shed his skin of provocative wunderkind long ago, fashioning instead a role as a plain-speaking chain-smoker specialising in common sense.” The Telegraph