David Hockney 1937 – present
In 2006, David Hockney published a book called Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters. The book examines the optical tools that the Old Masters, like Caravaggio and da Vinci, used to create their hyperrealistic works.
Hockney has always been interested in, not just the oldest technology, but the latest technology. He has been using his iPad for years with superb results.
In 1984, Hockney was on his way to an exhibition of his work at the Museo Rufio Tamayo in Mexico City. His car broke down, and he was forced to make an impromptu stay at the Hotel Romano Angeles in Acatlan. While he waited for his car to be repaired, Hockney was inspired to photograph and draw the hotel’s courtyard, exploring space and perspective. When he returned to L.A., he worked with master printmaker, Kenneth Tyler, to create lithographs using lavish ink sketches on Mylar sheets. The results were a series of lithographs called The Moving Focus Series.
One of our recent acquisitions, Hotel Acatlan: Two Weeks Later, is one of lithographs in the series; a wonderful example of the colors and perspective that makes Hockney’s works so distinctive.
Another of Hockney’s works from the same time period, Self-Portrait on the Terrace, is expected to sell for between $8 million and $12 million at Sotheby’s New York contemporary art auction next month.
David Hockney’s works are currently on exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, where they have been placed alongside those of Vincent van Gogh’s, in an exploration of the similarity of both artists view of the world around them. Hockney–Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature will be on exhibit through June 20, 2021.
Ugo Rondinone 1964 – present
Ugo Rondinone is best known for his large public installations, that combine natural elements and bold colors.
The Swiss-American artist works in his Harlem studio and vacations at his home in Matera, Italy.
He currently has exhibitions at the Sorlandets Kunst Museum in Kristiansand, Norway and the Association Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp in Cully, Switzerland. Last year he had an exhibit of ten-foot high massive bronze cast sculptures at the Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich.
Rondinone continues to create beautifully done, limited edition silkscreens of concentric circles in stunning color blends.
Designboom. Ugo Rondinone’s Monumental ‘nuns + monks’ sculptures Exhibited at Galerie Eva Presenhuber. November 4, 2020.
Fang Block. David Hockney’s ‘Self-Portrait on the Terrace’ Could Fetch $12 Million. Barrons. March 22, 2021.
Nora McGreevy. How the ‘Ecstatic Joy of Nature’ Unites Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney. Smithsonian Magazine. March 4, 2020.