Monday, April 9, 2018

Jill Krementz covers David Hockney at Pace Gallery

The first guests to arrive at Pace were David Hockney and his close friends: Tom Graf, Brenda Zlamany, Charlie Scheips, Arthur Lambert, and Ricardo Nazario.
David Hockney: Something New in Painting (and Photography)
[and even Printing]
Pace Gallery: 510 West 25th Street
April 5-May 12, 2018

David looking dapper as usual.  The turquoise pouch holds his cell phone.
David Hockney continues to be the boy wonder at 80. Hard on the heels of his travelling retrospective at Tate Britain, the Centre Pompidou, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the artist has produced a new set of work on view at Chelsea’s Pace Gallery.

The exhibition, organized by Pace Gallery President Douglas Baxter, includes 17 new paintings, the majority of which are painted on hexagonal canvases. The works depict a wide range of subjects — from the deck of the artist’s Hollywood Hills home to Nichols Canyon all the way to the Grand Canyon and East Yorkshire with fantasy landscapes along the way. Having continually experimented with the representation of three-dimensional space, the hexagonal canvases add a structural element to the artist’s efforts to transcend the limitations of conventional perspective.

As its title suggests, the exhibition also includes two of the artist’s latest works in which Hockney has digitally combined photographs taken from many perspectives into single monumental images.

On April 4th there was a private preview and dinner to celebrate the artist and his work.  Among the guests were Arne & Milly Glimcher, Dick & Ann Solomon, Michael Ovitz, Francioise Mouly & Art Spiegelman, Ian Falconer,  Lawrence & Joanna Weschler, Charlie Scheips, Bing McGilvray, Barbara Haskell, and Ian Alteveer.

Pace Gallery President Douglas Baxter and David with Perspective is Tunnel Vision, Outside It Opens Up, 2017; acrylic on two canvases
Gallery Assistants: Alex Montané, Allison Drexler, Rose Broner, and Shasta Crawford.
Snail Crawling to a Bust, 2017
Acrylic and black ink on canvas
12" x 24"
Nichols Canyon II, 2017
Acrylic and black ink on canvas
12" x 24"
A Picture of a Lion, 2017

Catalogue text by Lawrence Weschler: "Across the canvas, the 'picture of a lion' was propped up (enigmatically sized) between a row of curtains and a jungle backdrop, all to one side of the reversed perspective composition, while to the other side, an Astaire-like figure sashayed up from out of an urban boulevard that tapered off into the far obverse distance."
Tall Dutch Trees After Hobbema (Useful Knowledge), 2017
Acrylic on 6 canvases

The center panel is scheduled for the upcoming cover of The New Yorker -- its annual double issue devoted to Travel.
Charlie worked with David as his assistant for five years.  Cartoonist Art Spiegelman, best known for his graphic novel Maus.

Photograph picture of furniture in front of bigger photographic picture.

For the large group photographs in the back Hockney wanted a picture of his whole studio and he couldn't get an image that satisfied him.

His technology assistant, Jonathan Wilkinson, found Agisoft, a digital outfit out of St. Petersburg, Russia. It could effectively combine hundreds of individual snaps (detail upon detail) and then stitch them together into a 3D approximation.

Hockney and Wilkinson took hundreds of images from different vantage points in the studio, which were then put though the software to produce these images. Each object in the studio was processed and made into a 3D digital image that Hockney could move/ manipulate in notational space.

Each image is made of over 3,000 images. The images are all site sized, which mean that they feel the right size.

My photograph of David Hockney in front of Photograph picture of furniture in front of bigger photographic picture.
David Hockney and Michael Ovitz, an American talent agent who co-founded Creative Artists Agency.

Carol Vogel, art journalist. with two hexagons from The Brass Tacks Triptych.

"David has amazing energy .... He's constantly experimenting with new ideas and new ways of looking at the things and new innovations in technology — all in a very focused way.

"I was at his studio in LA a month or two ago and he's in the middle of countless projects. I remember he said, 'When I'm in my studio I feel 30.' I thought that was so adorable."
Adrienne Rogers, Robert Harms, Ray Charles White, and DH.
One of David's closest friends, Bing McGilvray from Gloucester, Massachusetts, with Garrowby Hill.

Garrowby Hill is in Yorkshire on the the road to Bridlington.
Jens Ingebretsen and a gentleman known as Heavy Empty. Arthur Lambert and Ricardo Nazario.
Arne Glimcher, the founder of The Pace Gallery, and David Hockney.
David Hockney, Inside It Opens Up as Well, 2018
Photographic drawing printed on 7 sheets of paper, printed on 7 sheets of Dibond
Doug Roberts standing in front of a portrait of himself with blue jeans, sneakers and black jacket. Doug and David met one another in 1982. "I was a young buck and had just graduated from college. I'm now an art dealer in LA." Bing McGilvray points to Bing.
Dr. Milau-Daniel Drici, professor of Pharmacology in Nice. “I'm a cardiologist so I shouldn't have been smoking that cigar.” Peter Goulds, Hockney’s Los Angeles art dealer since 1979, sitting in front of his handsome blue-shirted self.
Back to back.
DH with Lawrence Weschler.  "Ren," an art historian and Hockney scholar,  has written the essay which accompanies the exhibition catalogue.
Ian Falconer, Francoise Mouly, and her husband Art Spiegelman. Mr. Falconer is an American illustrator, children's book author (best known for the Olivia series), and costume and set designer for the theater. He has created 30 covers for The New Yorker as well as other publications. His stage collaborations with David Hockney also include Tristan und Isolde and Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Ms. Mouly is the editor of covers for The New Yorker.
Robert Harms, an abstract painter, lives in Long Island’s East End. Art Spiegelman.

Ian Alteveer, who curated David Hockney’s retrospective at the Met. (You can see my coverage HERE).
David Hockney and Ren Weschler.
Jens Ingebretsen, Heavy Empty, and Ricardo Nazario.
Arne Glimcher making a toast to the guest of honor saying, “With anyone but David I’d say this was a once-in-a lifetime event.”

Milly Glimcher and Doug Baxter.  Mr. Baxter’s toast was one sentence:  “Please don’t spill red wine on the paintings.”
David thanking his indispensable Hockney team: Jean Pierre Gonçalves-DeLima (JP), Jonathan Wilkinson, and Gregory Evans.
Doug Baxter, Arne Glimcher, and DH.
Wayne Lawson and Bing McGilvray. Milly and Arne Glimcher.
Dick and Ann Solomon.
Peter Goulds with Whitney Curator Barbara Haskell. Ms. Haskell was recently profiled in the New York Times commemorating her 43 years at the Whitney and lauding her present exhibition of Grant Wood. Liz Goulds and John Spike.
Sculptor Fred Eversley. Art Spiegelman with Tonia Barringer, sister of Ian Falconer.  Ms. Barringer has a bundle of catalogues given as party favors to the guests.
Charlie Scheips, DH, Bing McGilvray, and John Spike (having his catalogue signed). Dick Solomon ready to go out into the cold night.
David heading back to his small midtown hotel where he books three special rooms so he can smoke to his heart's content.

His next show: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will present the U.S. premiere of "David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life."

On view from April 15 to July 29, this exhibition features recent portraits that revisit a genre that has been a major part of the artist's long career.

Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved. Contact Jill Krementz here.