An unprecedented overview of the work of David Hockney will remain on show at Tate Britain until 29 May. Inaugurated in February, and sponsored by the Blavatnik Family Foundation with additional support from the David Hockney Exhibition Sup-porters Circle, the retrospective brings together six decades of the artist’s work for the first time. Major loans from private collections – including works never displayed in public before – are united with iconic paintings from museums around the world. According to the Tate, it is “the most extensive survey ever staged of one of the most successful and recognisable artists of our time. This once-in-a-generation show offers an unprecedented overview of Hockney’s work in paint, drawing, photography and video.” Highlights include a double portrait of renowned novelist Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy, painted in 1968 and shown in the UK for the first time in over two decades. Isherwood and Bachardy were one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples and regularly opened up their home to entertain artists, actors and writers. This work was the first of Hockney’s celebrated double portraits, which he painted in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Other works in this series reunited by Tate Britain include: American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) 1968; Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott 1968-9; Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-1; Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971; and My Parents 1977.
The retrospective also features vibrant new paintings of the artist’s home and garden in Los Angeles, united for the first time with earlier works depicting the same subject across 35 years.
Hockney moved to this home in 1979 and created Hollywood Hills House 1980, a colourful work showing both the interior and the garden. Twenty years later he painted Red Pots in the Garden 2000, which features the same banana-leaf palm and gently curving pool from another perspective.
New paintings of the garden, created following Hockney’s recent return to California after a decade at his Yorkshire home, are also being shown for the first time.
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Meanwhile, work by Wolfgang Tillmans – described as “one of the most exciting and innovative artists working today” – is being exhibited at the Tate Modern until 11 June. The show focuses on his production across different media since 2003. First gaining prominence in the 1990s for his photographs of everyday life and contemporary culture, Tillmans subsequently moved on to a more diverse array of media including photographs, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music. According to the organisers, “The social and political form a rich vein throughout Tillmans’s work. The destabilisation of the world has arisen as a recurring concern for the artist since 2003, an important year when he felt the world changed with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations… Through the assembly of printed matter from pamphlets to newspaper cuttings to his own works on paper, Tillmans stimulates a personal response to a range of global issues.”
The Tate exhibition highlights the artist’s “deeper engagement with abstraction”, and includes portraiture, landscape and still lives.
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