Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney at The Royal Academy of Arts
Live Broadcasts | 01/25/2018 | 7:00PM
A Bigger Picture (2012) & 82 Portraits and One Still-Life (2016)
Directed by Phil Grabsky and presented by Tim Marlow
Running time: 85 minutes
Based on two wildly popular shows by Britain’s favorite living artist
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris, and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.
Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.
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Intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney offer rare insights into the man behind such iconic works as A Bigger Splash and A Closer Grand Canyon. In conversation with Tim Marlow (Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts), Hockney reveals anecdotes from across his artistic and personal life – from his first trip abroad to Egypt in 1963, to the effects of the death of his close friend Jonathan Silver in 1997, right up to today.
The film also provides a rare chance to explore two of Hockney’s landmark exhibitions from his late career, guided by the exhibitions’ curatorial team and the artist himself. A Royal cademician since 1991, Hockney has a close relationship with the institution, creating both exhibitions specifically for the gallery spaces and thus making them entirely unique shows.
For A Bigger Picture, Hockney returned to his native Yorkshire. This return to home was cathartic for Hockney and saw him capture the changing landscape through the seasons, using new techniques, not least iPad drawings and video. Four years later, for 82 Portraits and One Still Life, Hockney also adopted a new mode of working, inviting sitters to his studio with a strict deadline of three days for each portrait. The 82 finished paintings are themselves one complete work.
The film features expert insights from art critics Martin Gayford and Jonathan Jones, and Edith Devaney (Senior Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts) who twice sat
for Hockney to paint.
About Exhibition on Screen:
Working with top international museums and galleries, Exhibition on Screen creates films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the world’s leading historians and arts critics. Since launching in 2011, Exhibition on Screen has released 17 films which have been shown in over 50 countries worldwide.
David Hockney Painting “Winter Timber” in Bridlington, July 2009
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima
“Felled Trees on Woldgate” 2008
Oil on 2 canvases (60 x 48″ each)
60 x 96″ overall
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt