David Hockney has never been out of vogue. In addition to the cover, he had a 41-page spread of his work published in the December 1985 Paris issue.
His work will appear on the cover again, this time on the August 2020 issue of British Vogue. The issue focuses on the effect that Covid-19 has had on the planet…like lower pollution levels and cleaner water in lakes, rivers and the ocean. Fourteen notable British artists have been commissioned to create works for the issue. The original works will be auctioned off to aid Covid-19 relief charities later this year.
“This oil painting is of late spring in the village of Kilham,” Hockney said about the 2006 painting that was chosen. “Now, I am in Normandy, a paradise of a place for me. I have made 120 iPad paintings of our large garden – it is like having drawing and painting equipment always at the ready, and there is no cleaning up needed. It’s quite fantastic. The other night I got up to pee at about 4am and saw the largest and brightest full moon in a long time. I was thrilled by it and recorded it on the iPad. Photography is useless for this, it pushes everything away, including the moon.”
Red Grooms is 83. He’s been working in the same studio in TriBeCa since 1969. His work is quirky, zany and fun.
He is also a fine artist who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Peabody College (in his hometown of Nashville) the New School for Social Research in New York and spent a summer at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Grooms opened a gallery in the late 1950s and exhibited the works of Alex Katz and Claus Oldenberg when other galleries rejected their work.
Red Grooms is an ardent sports fan. His controversial, 73 feet tall Homer sculpture, that spouts jets of water, sends flamingos flying and marlins leaping whenever a Miami Marlin hits a home run, was supposed to be moved from the Marlin Park centerfield to a spot outside the stadium by January 1st, but that hasn’t happened yet.
Fans seem to love the sculpture, but team owner Derek Jeter wants the centerfield space to be used for revenue-producing restaurants and bars.
The sculpture has to be engineered for outdoor use to conform to code, but it’s taking some time to do that.
Sports fan website, The Comeback, had this to say about the controversy over the $2.5 million sculpture:
“While initially controversial, the artwork has taken on a cult appreciation and has come to make the ballpark seem rather unique and playful. Enter Derek Jeter, who is not unique or playful, but rather an 80-year-old curmudgeon disguised in the body of a 44-year-old.”
We are ardent fans of Red Grooms, and have recently acquired Hot Dog Vendor, a 3-D lithograph that has no moving parts, but is as much fun as Homer.
Work by David Hockney and Red Grooms at VFA
M.H. Miller. Art is Fleeting, but Red Grooms is Forever. The New York Times. September 6, 2018.
Douglas Hanks. Seagulls? Check. Flamingos? Not yet. Marlins miss deadline to rebuild ‘Homer’ outside. Miami Herald. January 9, 2020.
Douglas Hanks. County on Marlins home run sculpture: ‘It is not movable.’ (Also, the mayor doesn’t like it.). Miami Herald. August 17, 2017.
Sarah Cascone. Derek Jeter Finally Gets a Win: Red Grooms’s Kitschy Home Run Sculpture Will Be Removed From Miami’s Marlins Park. artnetnews. October 17, 2018.
Sean Keeley. Derek Jeter, who is bad, gets his wish to remove the Marlins home run sculpture, which is good. The Comeback. October 16, 2018.