David Hockney opens his old and new-tech show at Melbourne’s NGV

Yorkshire-born artist David Hockney opened his solo exhibition David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria this morning.

The 79 year old artist, best known for his images of sybaritic Los Angeles where he lives, is showing more than 1200 paintings, videos, photographs and prints, many of them new.

Hockney has created new work on his  iPad and iPhone to produce digital drawings, hundreds of which are presented in the exhibition both on screens and as prints, some of which are almost four metres tall.

The show also includes a 60 metre- long gallery of portraits of his family, friends and acquaintances including Barry Humphries, architect Frank Gehry and artist John Baldessari.

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“I think it’s an absolutely terrific exhibition. It is the first real exhibition about the iPad and iPhone works. This is the first time we’ve done it on this scale. This exhibition is really a marvelous review of the last ten years of my work,” Hockney said.

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The exhibition also includes an “immersive” room with digitally constructed images of Hockney’s Hollywood Hills studio presented as floor-to-ceiling wallpaper and his largest ever painting, Bigger Trees Near Warter, which is 12 metres long and is comprised of 50 panels of a wintry Yorkshire scene.

David Hockney: Current is on display at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne until March 13.

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