David Hockney: New Acquisitions

The IU Art Museum’s new exhibition David Hockney: New Acquisitions adds both collage with color photography and digital art to the Gallery of the Art of the Western World. Heidi Gealt chose to add Paul and Margaret Hockney and My Mother Sleeping to the IU Art Museum’s collection because they both display Hockney’s tendency to use images of his loved ones in his art. Paul and Margaret Hockney also illustrates his interest in using technology through both medium and subject.

Paul and Margaret Hockney, 2009
Inkjet-printed computer drawing on paper
Museum purchase with funds from Anthony Moravec and the IU Art Museum’s Art Acquisition Fund, 2011.57

David Hockney is often named Britain’s most influential living artist and is continually creating new works that are on display around the world. He is well known for his Hollywood swimming pool images, which were popular in the 1970’s, and his colorful landscapes. Over the summer, I studied Economics in Spain through one of SPEA’s study abroad programs. My classmates and I planned a trip to Bilbao so we could experience the Guggenheim Museum and the its featured exhibition, David Hockney: A Bigger Picture. This massive exhibit of 150 landscapes took up the entire second floor of the Guggenheim. One of the features of the exhibit was Hockney’s use of digital art. In 2008, Hockney began using his desktop to create drawings because it was a faster way to do sketches.  He then started drawing flowers on his iPhone each day and sent the images to his friends for opinions on his new technique. After becoming more experienced with this technology, Hockney began using his iPad to create larger landscape drawings.  Nan Brewer, The Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, says the main reason why Hockney is set apart from other living artists is because “even in his latter part of his career, he’s still pushing himself.”

My Mother Sleeping, Los Angeles 1982
Museum purchase with funds from Anthony Moravec and the IU Art Museum’s Art Acquisition Fund, 2011.58

Bruno Wollheim’s documentary David Hockney: A Bigger Picture features the artist at work over a span of three years. The IU Cinema partnered with the IU Art Museum in August by screening the documentary after a gallery talk during IU’s 113 Days of Summer.

The museum also has three other Hockney works in their collection, including Picture of a Portrait in a Silver Frame from “A Hollywood Collection”, 1965, An Etching and a Lithograph, 1972, and Henry Seated with Tulips, 1976. Appointments can be made to view these and other works in the museum’s collection by contacting Nan Brewer at nabrewer@indiana.edu, or by visiting the information desk in the Fine Arts Library (appointments should be made a week in advance). David Hockney: New Acquisitions will be on display in the Gallery of the Art of the Western World until October 21, 2012.